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“The Case for Losing Money” in 2021

This investment behavior is ringing the “alarm bells”

by Bob Stokes
Updated: July 13, 2021

Who would want to invest in a business which is losing money? Seems a bit strange, but apparently, a lot of people would.

Indeed, that investment behavior goes at least back to the technology mania days of 2000, a year of a historical financial top.

In a February 2000 Special Report, our Elliott Wave Financial Forecast said:

It's a running joke among Net entrepreneurs. Venture capitalists won't fund you unless you can prove your company will lose $450 million in the first six months otherwise they figure you're not ambitious enough.

This is mentioned because it's relevant here in 2021.

Look at these two headlines:

  • Record Stock Sales From Money-Losing Firms Ring the Alarm Bells (Bloomberg, June 27)
  • Money-losing companies are selling a record amount of stock ... (CNBC, July 2)

Our recently published July Elliott Wave Financial Forecast said:

In May, the Financial Forecast talked about speculators' perverse attraction to money-losing companies... Another example of this risk-embracing behavior [is] a record net loss at companies raising money in secondary stock offerings. The prior record, and the only other time when there was a net negative number over the prior 12 months was in March 2000, the exact month of that decade's major top in the NASDAQ. The crash followed.

The current rush into money-losing companies doesn't necessarily mean that another "crash" will occur today or tomorrow, so to speak.

However, financial history does show that high-risk investment behavior is a characteristic of an extended bull market.

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A "risk-embracing behavior" that was pronounced in the exact month of the NASDAQ's historic top in 2000 is now flashing a warning sign in 2021. Here are the details.

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