Set forth below is the text of a comment that I recently put to another blog entry at this site:
Why do you focus so much on the “Buy and Hold Mafia” here at your own blog? It seems you choose to post about the “goons” pretty much every day rather than using your own blog to post about your own theories.
I focus on the Buy-and-Hold Mafia and our failure as a society to shut it down because that story is the biggest political and economic story of any of our lifetimes, Sensible.
We are the luckiest generation of investors that ever lived. We are the first generation of investors that has available to it the opportunity to reduce the risk of stock investing by 70 percent while increasing returns enough to be able to retire five to ten years earlier than we ever imagined possible in the Buy-and-Hold years.
Have you ever heard more wonderful news?
That news is wonderful for Democrats as well as Republicans. It is wonderful for women as well as men. It is wonderful for Christians as well as atheists. It is wonderful for blacks as well as whites. It is wonderful for lovers or jazz as well as for lover of rock. It is wonderful for the young as well as for the old. It is wonderful for Buy-and-Holders as well as for Valuation-Informed Indexers. It is wonderful for Goons as well as for humans. It is wonderful for haters as well as for lovers.
So the job is to get this wonderful news out before people.
One thing stands in our way.
The Buy-and-Hold Mafia. There are a number of people who made names for themselves promoting the pure Get Rich Quick approach and now that they have ruined millions of middle-class lives by doing so they want us all to agree to go along with their 11-year cover-up. It’s a terrible mistake to do so. Those who commit acts of financial fraud in support of the cover-up will be going to prison following the next price crash. Huh? When you find yourself promoting a strategy with so little support in the academic research that the only way it’s defenders can think of to “defend” it is to engage in criminal acts, I think it is fair to say that it is time to question the merit of that particular strategy.
And so thousands and thousands of people have done. We had hundreds expressing a desire for honest posting at Motley Fool. We had hundreds more expressing a desire for honest posting at Early Retirement Forum. We had hundreds more expressing a desire for honest posting at Morningstar. We have had academic researchers express a desire to be permitted to publish honest research. Even big-name Buy-and-Holders have mixed in honest words along with the smelly Get Rich Quick garbage that has made them so rich at the expense of the millions of middle-class investors who have assumed that these “experts” might be sharing their honest beliefs about how stock investing works with us all.
Bogle was honest enough in his book for me to learn that the Old School safe withdrawal rate studies got the numbers wildly wrong. Bernstein was honest when he said that anyone using one of the Old School studies to plan a real-world retirement would have to be out of his or her mind. Swedroe was honest when he put forward words that caused Lindauer to expel him from the Bogleheads Forum. Burns was honest when he said that I was right about safe withdrawal rates. Pfau was honest when he wrote to the authors of the Trinity study saying that they should correct the errors in their study before it caused even more failed retirements.
But all of these people want to continue making a buck by pretending to be investing “experts.” And all of these people know what the Buy-and-Hold Mafia will do to them if they dare to offer honest investing advice, advice consistent with the 32 years of peer-reviewed academic research showing that there is precisely zero chance that a Buy-and-Hold “strategy” could ever work for a single long-term investor.
What to do, what to do?
I could focus on the intellectual case, which every person even slightly knowledgeable in this field already understands on at least one level of consciousness.
Or I could focus on the Buy-and-Hold Mafia, which is the force that stops Wade Pfau and Larry Swedroe and Bill Bernstein and Jack Bogle and Scott Burns and all the others from sharing with us what they truly believe and thereby helping us all to become more effective investors rather than encouraging our most sick and twisted Get Rich Quick/Buy-and-Hold fantasies.
I think I’ll continue to focus on the role played by the Buy-and-Hold Mafia, Sensible.
I think that might be where the leverage is.
I think we might be able to bring this economic crisis to an end within six months of the day that Jack Bogle gives his “I Was Wrong” speech, thereby opening the way for thousands of “experts” to start posting their honest views rather than the smelly Get Rich Quick garbage that has come to pass for “expert investing advice” during the Buy-and-Hold Era.
Just another one of those crazy hunches that I have been known to experience from time to time.
Please take good care.