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Magazines take a lot of abuse for getting their timing wrong - so much so that some observers see cover stories as contrarian indicators. When a magazine cover declares "the end of equities" during a brutal bear market, it may be time to buy stocks.

As a journalist and former magazine writer who has made more than a few dumb calls, I take a masochistic delight in these observations. Courtney Comstock, writing on Clusterstock, found a good example of one that may play out in the not-too-distant future: "You Know It's Over When Esquire Magazine Is Telling Its Readers How To Invest In Gold Funds."

Blogger Felix Salmon picks up from there (hat tip: Abnormal Returns), looking at Esquire journalist Ken Kurson's track record for calling good investments. "There's the 2006 article where he says that everybody should invest in credit default swaps...," he said. Or that U.S. auto makers were a screaming buy in 2005. Or that Apple Inc. should have been sold short at $65 (U.S.) a share in 2005 (the shares now trade close to $200).

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David Berman has been writing about business and investing since 1995. He has written for a number of magazines, including Canadian Business and MoneySense. He worked at the Financial Post as an investing writer and daily columnist before moving to the Globe and Mail in 2008. More

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