"Hope is your worst enemy in the market” is a rule in A Treasury of Wall Street Wisdom (1966), by Harry D. Schultz and Samson Coslow. Many investors see stocks go down, but don’t sell them (hoping that the stocks will go back up again).
A similar phrase (used by opponents of Barack Obama’s 2008 “hope"-themed presidential run) is “hope is not a strategy.” A similar Wall Street “hope” phrase is “hope is a lousy hedge.”
A treasury of Wall Street wisdom
By Harry D. Schultz and Samson Coslow
Palisades Park, NJ: Investors’ Press
Rule 5. Do not be overly optimistic and let your prospective profits to run away with you, hoping that stocks will go up still further. Hope is your worst enemy in the market. The public usually observes its stocks dropping, hoping against hope that they will advance or make a comeback. But this rarely happens soon enough.
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Hope is your worst enemy in a bear market. When things go bad, it is human nature to hope that they will improve.
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An old Wall Street saying goes: “Hope is your worst enemy in the marketplace.”
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