Here is a screen shot from today's Instapundit blog. I am posting it because it gives me a chance to make an important point about investment crowds.
As you know if you have read my book or followed my blogs I think that an enormous bearish crowd developed in the stock market during 2008-09. It is certainly bigger and more unified in its bearish convictions about the economy and the stock market than any I have seen since 1966. Bearish crowds this big don't disintegrate quickly. And the screen shot above is just one sample of the relentless negative story about the economy that is still being told by the media.
Such stories belie the assertions I have heard from bearish market commentators recently that "everyone is bullish and euphoric" about the stock market. The public is decidedly NOT euphoric. Quite the contrary, it is depressed - much more depressed than is the economy, in fact. It will be years before the psychological damage wrought by the Crash of 2008 is undone.
As a side note I might also point out that the "everyone is bullish and euphoric" theme is a typical mistake made by investors who like to think they are contrarians. They seize on whatever evidence they can find that makes their own prejudices a "contrary" opinion. But one must be careful to fade the public, not some small group of professional market commentators. And there is no doubt in my mind that the public right now is extremely bearish.