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The Error-Proof Portfolio: Normal People Don't Invest Like This

Don't take a cue from the stock market's recently frenetic activity.

"Who are these people?"

That's what I found myself wondering during the market's latest bout of schizophrenia. As stock-market sentiment seesawed from black despair to brief bursts of manic euphoria, I scratched my head about who (or what) was driving it.

Not me. Not my colleague John Rekenthaler, who calmly opined that he was recently doing a little tactical buying when things were way down. Not the folks on's Discuss boards. On days when the market was in freefall, many posters were mildly counseling one another not to panic and pointing to opportunities; others appeared to be paying no attention at all to the market's frenetic actions, instead discussing retirement-portfolio withdrawal rates and finding the best deal on certificates of deposit.

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