The typical most-popular lists are potential disasters waiting to happen
We're not alone in believing this. Consider what Peter Lynch, the legendary former manager of Fidelity Magellan, had to say at the opening of Chapter 9 of One Up on Wall Street:
If I could avoid a single stock, it would be the hottest stock in the hottest industry, the one that gets the most favorable publicity, the one that every investor hears about in the car pool or on the commuter train — and succumbing to the social pressure, often buys.
Do you really think it's to your benefit to see and click on tickers in a list like that?
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