Downbeat Consumer, Upbeat Investor

Consumer confidence in the US is at its lowest level in 16 years. Surely, it is a terrible time to buy stocks when consumers are so pessimistic. The media usually believes so and propagates this unhesitatingly – “Consumer confidence plunged, causing stocks to fall...” It sounds logical. Maybe, but it is not true. Markets do rather well when the sentiment is truly downbeat.

The fact is:...

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