On many financial forums, particularly the Gold thread, the tag of doom and gloom is increasingly attached to posters who put up arguments that are bearish to the popular enthusiasms, status quo or the so called Wall Street spin.
It is well established that to be successful one needs a positive outlook and to assert that in all that is said and done. In one word at management school we were taught to be "objective"
In the world today we seem to have reached a point of financial tension and with it of course fear as the downside. Financial uncertainty flies in the face of everything we have learnt about positives arising out of positives.
I have always followed the optimist mode, I was born that way but my take of the last few years has been to question those norms. If disaster is to come then I want to know everything about it all so that by being prepared I can find a path of continued success. So for example, I am optimistic about the opportunities in gold, oil, alternative energies et. al.
For over 7 years now, I have learned to question financial advisers, government and bank industry reports and the popular press because I have found them to be wanting. IFollowing that line I would be described as a doomsayer.
Does the term "Doom and Gloom" put you off ?
Could it be that being optimistic is the total solution to all things?
Is it bad carma just to speak of the subject?