[Ads-l] stock market saying?

Tue Feb 14 10:28:55 EST 2017

It is a stock market saying, but usually given in somewhat different form.  Newspapers.com has it from the Abilene Reporter-News (Dec. 1, 1966), plus 93 more hits since then, in this form:

<<"One economist, according to the London Economist, chides those who say the market has predicted four out of the last five recessions for being too modest.
"'The market,' he says, 'has predicted nine of the last five recessions.'"
You don't hardly get a better percentage than that.>>

I don't have access to the Economist from that period, but that may be the original of the saying.  Sometimes it's used to denigrate economists or economic indices rather than the predictive power of the stock market.

John Baker

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I grew up hearing the saying that "the market is nervous enough to have predicted 11 of the last seven recessions."

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