A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from October 26, 2008
“When you are crying you should be buying; When you are yelling you should be selling”

A bit of rhyming investment advice is: “When everyone’s crying you should be buying. When everyone’s yelling you should be selling.”

In other words, do the opposite of what everyone else is doing (or, for the “crying” part, “buy when there’s blood in the streets”).

The origin of these statements is unknown, but they are are cited in print by at least 1997.


TradingMarkets.com
How To Reduce Your Risk By Trading With Zones
By Todd Gordon
“When you’re crying you should be buying, and when you’re yelling you should be selling”

A wise mentor of mine once told me this, and I’ve never forgotten it. In fact, it’s turned out to be one of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a trader, and very similar to Larry Connors’ “Buy The Fear, Sell The Greed” philosophy.

Money Management and Trading Tactics
Market makers correctly state that, “When they are crying, you should be buying and when they are yelling, you should be selling”.

Google Groups: it.economia.analisi-tech
Newsgroups: it.economia.analisi-tecn
From: (marco sturlese)
Date: 1997/03/18
Subject: Re: Curiosità

when everyone is crying, u better be buying,
when everyone is yelling, u better be selling.

29 July 2003, Chicago (IL) Tribune, Bill Barnhart column:
“When they’re crying, you should be buying,”

Business Edge News Magazine
Days of market carnage are great teachers
Panic selling offers quick one-way ticket to ‘Disasterville’

By Gyle Konotopetz - Business Edge
Published: 06/22/2006 - Vol. 6, No. 13
(...)
There’s a market saying that you should be selling when they’re yelling and buying when they’re crying.

Kitco Forums
axstone
06-02-2007, 07:48 PM
IN short
“When you are crying .. you should be BUYING
When you are yelling… .you should be SELLING”

Kitco Forums
Goddess Venus
06-03-2007, 10:02 AM
There is a sage piece of advice that we have heard from axstone and others, I’m sure I’ve seen it somewhere else before but axstone just reminded me:

“When you are crying .. you should be BUYING
When you are yelling… .you should be SELLING”

Google Finance: Discussions for Apple, Inc.
From: 
Date:  Thurs, Aug 16 2007 9:17 am
Email: 

Amen to that, when everyone’s crying you should be buying, when everyone’s yelling you should be sellin’ as the classic adage goes.

Dividend Growth Investor
When they are crying you should be buying, when they are yelling you should be selling.
Please let me know if you have any more questions!
Best Regards,
Dividend Growth Investor
June 14, 2008 5:37 PM

The Dividend Guy
Dividend Growth Investor September 17, 2008 8:02 am
Nice review Dividend Guy. I guess the old adage “when they are crying, you should be buying. When they are yelling you should be selling” might be the best peice of investment advice ever given..

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