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Review: Super Boom by Jeffrey Hirsch

I don’t normally review too many investment related books, unless I have a personal interest or I feel they have value to everyone, but I couldn’t pass up a book called “Super Boom: Why the Dow Jones Will Hit 38,820 and How You Can Profit From It. [3]

Last October, Jeffrey Hirsch predicted, in the Stock Trader’s Almanac, that the Dow would increase to 38,820 by the year 2025. The 38,820 number sounds absurd, doesn’t it? Based on the 2010 close of 11,577.51, reaching 38,820 is “only” an 8.4% annual growth rate over 15 years. Most would call it a rosy prediction… so it’s not nearly as outlandish as it probably first appeared.

Who is Jeffrey Hirsch? Hirsch is the Editor in Chief of the Stock Trader’s Almanac and a frequent contributor to media organizations like CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and others. he’s the son of Yale Hirsch, who predicted a 15-year “super boom” back in 1976 that turned out to be true as the market soared up until the dot com bust in 2000.

Hirsch appears to be tapping into the knowledge and experience of his father in trying to predict where the Dow goes from here. The book offers up lots of data (historical, technical, you name it) to back up his prediction and lend credibility to his declaration.

So while it’s not that crazy, predictions like this aren’t really that useful. If you’re right, everyone thinks you’re lucky. If you’re wrong, well, just look at James Glassman and Kevin Hassett. Back in 1999, they called for a Dow 36,000 [4].

I guess we’ll see in 2025. 🙂