Remember the trader who told the BBC that “Goldman Sachs rules the world”? This is his column
Our columnist Alessio Rastani is the self-proclaimed trader who shocked the world by declaring live on BBC News that he goes to bed “every night dreaming of the next recession” and that “Goldman Sachs, not the governments, rule the world”. He’s a controversial figure, not least because he’s a self-taught non-institutional trader with no FSA license. But he certainly isn’t shy about sharing his views. Do you agree with his words? (His words are his own, and in no way endorsed by LondonlovesBusiness.com)
It does not matter how many times we say it, but the investing public just does not get this!
You cannot make money in a “bull” market when stocks are rallying to new highs and everyone, including the media, is excited about stocks.
The only time you can make serious wealth is when nobody is interested in stocks! When people absolutely hate the market.
That is why famous investors like Warren Buffett have said “when people are fearful, get greedy” and John D. Rockefeller said “the way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets”.
That is also why in 2011, I said that I was “dreaming of a market crash”.
And that is why in November of last year I said in this column: “This correction is a good chance to buy stocks”.
Let’s understand why I said this. Take a look at this chart of an important barometer I use to observe stocks:
This barometer measures the percentage of stocks in the S&P 500 that are above their 50 daily moving average. So why is that important?
Take a look at what the stock market did next each time our barometer went below the 25% level (watch the blue circles):
Whenever our barometer goes below 25% it means stocks are near a bottom and it generates “buy signals” – as shown to you by the blue circles
The letter “A” shows where the barometer almost gave a buy signal back in June, but not quite close enough.
This method works not just for the US but for the UK and European markets too. Take a look at this chart of the FTSE, the index of the top 100 UK stocks:
If you had followed my recommendation to buy stocks in November of 2012, by now you would have made 22% (in the S&P 500)!
However, I know that many of you did not follow my advice. Instead you were probably caught up in the fear of the “fiscal cliff” the media was generating.
Let’s take a look at another example. In May 2012 we had another “buy signal”. Stocks had fallen 10% due to fears of Greece leaving the EU.
So what do you think the front cover of USA Today newspaper said on May 8th 2012? The headline was: “Invest in stocks? Forget about it!”.
I am not joking.
If you had done the opposite of that newspaper and bought stocks instead, you would have made almost 30% by now!
The ugly truth is that most people including journalists behave as part of a “herd”. They are scared of going against the majority. They dare not challenge public opinion, even though public opinion is usually always wrong.
So what about now?
I don’t believe we have reached a point yet where I want to be interested in buying stocks. Stocks have fallen 3% since their August highs but I think they can still fall further.
If you look at our barometer chart above, you’ll see that we are not quite close yet to our buy level.
Right now you will hear the media pumping out their narrative of “fear” as usual. That is how they sell news to people – through fear.
Syria, rising interest rates, tapering of QE are just some of the stories generating fear in investors right now.
The big question is are you prepared to ignore the fear and think like a professional investor?
If you have the courage to think on your own and not as part of the “herd”, then you stand a good chance to make serious triple digit returns in the months and years to come.
I shall let you know when it is time to make the trade.
Alessio Rastani gained fame and caused controversy last year by stating live on BBC news that he “dreams of another recession” and that “Goldman Sachs, not governments, rule the world”. The YouTube clip has since been watched over two million times, and Alessio has subsequently been interviewed by figures such as Sir David Frost. His website is LeadingTrader.com.