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On the Internet: Web Sites for Contrarian Investors

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A contrarian investor makes investment decisions contrary to prevailing beliefs—for example, buying when others are pessimistic and selling when they are optimistic, or buying out-of-favor stocks. A contrarian investor believes that the people who say the market is going up do so only when they are fully invested and have no further purchasing power, at which point the market is likely at a peak. On the other hand, when people predict a downturn they have already sold out, at which point the market is more likely to go up. Contrarian investing also emphasizes out-of-favor securities with low price-earnings (P/E) ratios. Some of the most famous contrarian investors include Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett and David Dreman. These sites offer advice and educational information about contrarian investing with either all or a portion of their information free to registered users.

Contrarian Investing Association
The Contrarian Investing Association’s stated purpose is “to bring independent-minded individuals together, share ideas, to have fun and to make money while going against the crowd.” The Web site is an independent network of contrarian investors who all participate in the upkeep and freshness of the site. Members are encouraged to post commentary and articles they find interesting as well as discuss their current stock holdings and those they are considering for future purchase. Basic membership is free with registration.

Contrarian Investing Association

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