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Avoid being drawn into social media-fuelled stock hysteria

By Opinion Time of article published Jan 29, 2021

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By Nigel Green

Investors need to exercise the utmost caution before joining social media-led stock frenzies.

The warning comes as a group of at-home retail investors on Reddit have been promoting a number of stocks, with the aim of squeezing short sellers that have been betting against them.

GameStop, AMC, Pearson, Blackberry, Nokia and Cineworld are amongst the targets.

GameStop’s stock has surged nearly 700% in the past two weeks, while Blackberry is up 185% and on track for its best month ever.

The Reddit community r/wallstreetbees, which has 2.8 million members, is full of users urging each other to keep pushing the stocks higher.

I Would urge investors to exercise the utmost caution before joining social media-led stock frenzies of this nature. The valuations can be expected to be extremely wild - in both directions – and there’s a legitimate risk that investors could get burned.”

This is being pitched as a battle-play of Wall Street or The Square Mile versus The Little Guy. However, this is not typically the way reasoned, savvy investors should strategise to create and build their portfolios in order to reach their financial goals.

This is a dangerous game to play for retail investors.

In today’s landscape, it is not the macro-bubble of which investors should be wary.

Any potential bursting of bubbles is likely to be within specific stocks, so unlikely to rock the global financial markets as has happened previously – but individual investors could still be caught off-guard.

Micro-bubble spotting, and diversification across asset class, sector, region and even currency, should become a priority for investors right now.

As ever, investors should work alongside a good fund manager to seek out those stocks most likely to generate and top-up their wealth over the long-term.

I would avoid being drawn into the hysteria driven by social media.

Nigel Green is the chief executive and founder of deVere Group

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