Herd Mentality and Bubbles – Be Careful When Following the Crowd


Whether you are a long-term investor or an opportunist, many investors find comfort in knowing that many others are investing the same way they are and they get caught up in the media hype on a certain sector. Think of the Dot Com craze in the late 90’s when many invested in this sector even though they did not understand it well and as prices rose even the hesitant among investors poured more money in for fear of missing out or FOMO as I prefer to term it. A good adviser should help you identify the risk of these fads and keep you well diversified.

Here is a good educational video from Franklin Templeton Investments on the subject.

I believe that you always need to do your own research on an investment and then cross check that with others. Be prepared to listen to those who may seem wacky, over optimistic or pessimistic before making your decisions. A good Self Managed Super Fund advisor should be able to get you a selection of research from different sources to stress test any investment.

Bubble’s go back a long time, even centuries and while we are weary of each investment that crashes we rarely learn enough to avoid the next one. From my personal collection is one of my favourite prints called Gekko’s Tulip Mania which you may have seen in the movie Wall Street 2. I have it hanging on my office wall as a constant reminder! You can read more on this bubble at Wikipedia – Tulip Mania

 “This is the greatest bubble story of all time… they call it the Tulip Mania.” - Gordon Gekko

“This is the greatest bubble story of all time… they call it the Tulip Mania.”
– Gordon Gekko

For those looking for a truly Australian history of bubbles I would recommend reading a 2003 paper by the John Simon and published by the RBA available free online called Three Australian Asset-price Bubbles

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