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Media Archives

Socionomic research has been featured in a variety of media outlets. See the listing below:

February 14, 2018
America’s Mood Swings Reflected in Vehicles We Buy

Source: Bodyshop Business

January 28, 2018
3 ways naming babies is like investing in the stock market


January 27, 2018
Baby Name Game


January 23, 2018
The North Korean Mood

Source: Criterion Quarterly

January 16, 2018
This Surprising Factor Might Influence Your Baby Name Choice, New Study Finds

Source: Romper

December 26, 2017
Wall Street Bosses Hate Bitcoin But They Try It Out Anyway

Source: CBS

December 21, 2017
Elliott Prechter: I Wouldn’t Touch Bitcoin, Risk of Collapse Too Big

Source: Newsmax

December 20, 2017
The Late-Stage Equity Bull Market Could Explain a Mania Like Bitcoin

Source: CNBC

December 20, 2017
Trump Just Gave Rich Hedge Fund Managers an Awesome Christmas Gift

Source: TheStreet
Ronald Orol cites Murray Gunn, chief of global research at market research firm Elliott Wave International, on the role social mood has on hedge fund reform.

December 20, 2017
Trump Just Gave Rich Hedge Fund Managers an Awesome Christmas Gift

Source: TheStreet
Ronald Orol cites Murray Gunn, chief of global research at market research firm Elliott Wave International, on the role social mood has on hedge fund reform.

December 20, 2017
The Strangely Fascinating Way Baby Naming Trends Are Linked to the Stock Market

Maggie Winterfeldt discusses Alan Hall’s Baby Names study.

December 20, 2017
The late-stage equity bull market could explain a mania like bitcoin

Source: CNBC
Evelyn Chang cites Elliott Prechter of EWAVES, Matt Lampert of the Socionomics Institute, and Peter Atwater president of Financial Insyghts on the surging price of Bitcoin.

December 14, 2017
Tax win will be huge for Trump, but don’t bank on political windfall

Source: CNN
Stephen Collinson discusses the Trump tax plan and cites director of research Matt Lampert.

November 16, 2017
The Surprising Factor That Can Influence Your Baby’s Name

Source: Real Simple
Marisa Cohen interviews Alan Hall discussing the stock market impacts baby names.

October 25, 2017
Record Year for Home Runs Could Be a Dark Omen for the Economy

Source: ThinkAdvisor
ThinkAdvisor interviews Senior Researcher Alan Hall to discuss the SWAT baseball indicator, herding behavior and more.

October 13, 2017
How Nation’s Mood Can Change Economy’s Future

Source: Newsmax
Director of Research Matt Lampert contributes an article discussing how social mood influences recessions, peace and war and scandals.

October 10, 2017
Why Do Baseball Stats Mirror Stock Market Results?

Source: CFO
David McCann reviews Alan Hall’s SWAT baseball indicator.

August 31, 2017
Why the oil market ignored Economics 101 when it comes to Harvey

Source: NY Daily News
Director of Research Matt Lampert contributes an article discussing how the prices of oil reacted to hurricane Harvey’s Houston landfall.

August 23, 2017
Social mood drives markets, not administration turmoil

Source: The Hill
Director of Research Matt Lampert contributes an article discussing how social mood drives both the stock market and politics.

April 24, 2017
Odd Lots: How to Use Pop Music to Forecast the Stock Market

Source: Bloomberg Odd Lots
Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway interview Matt Lampert on how and why social mood influences popular culture.

February 18, 2017
Buy High and Sell Low?

Source: Straight Line Logic
Robert Gore favorably reviews The Socionomic Theory of Finance.

February 3, 2017
You Won’t Believe What’s Driving the Economy

Source: Bloomberg
Mark Buchanan offers alternative explanations for what’s drives the economy and favorably cites The Socionomic Theory of Finance.

April 7, 2016
Closer Look
Source: NPR Atlanta, 90.1 FM WABE
Matt Lampert, director of the Socionomics Institute, explains what exactly socionomics means and how you can use it to trade in the stock market, design advertising campaigns and even anticipate when eras of social harmony will gave way to eras of acrimony and exclusion.

October 19, 2015
Larry Berman: Don’t expect this election to be a market-mover
Source: Business News Network
Larry Berman, host of Berman’s Call on the Business News Network and CEO of ETF Capital Management, describes the Institute’s research on which political party is better for the stock market.

July 6, 2015
A&M-SA professor featured on Pop Trends Price Culture podcast
Source: Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Dr. Dennis Elam, a tenured accounting professor at Texas A&M-San Antonio, shares his insights into how social mood shapes accounting regulations—and more—in an interview on the Pop Trends, Price Culture podcast.

May 11, 2015
FTSE 100 – seven years of plenty; now seven years of famine?
Source: MoneyWeek
MoneyWeek columnist John Burford explains that the recent UK elections ‘surprise’ result is understandable from the perspective of social mood.

May 11, 2015
FTSE 100 – seven years of plenty; now seven years of famine?
Source: MoneyWeek
MoneyWeek columnist John Burford explains that the recent UK elections ‘surprise’ result is understandable from the perspective of social mood.

March 19, 2015
How Do You Know if a Film is Going to Be a Hit? Just Take a Look at the Stock Market
Source: No Film School
No Film School explores one of the practical sides of socionomics in this article on how filmmakers can use stock market trends to identify which movie genres are likely to be popular.

March 16, 2015
Watch: What’s Behind the Success of Horror Movies and Blockbusters?
Source: PressPlay
Indiewire’s Press Play blog reviews a segment from the socionomics documentary, History’s Hidden Engine, on horror movies and Disney films.

March 4, 2015
Monolithic Dome Houses as “Disaster Chic”
Source: Monolithic Dome Institute
The Monolithic Dome Institute reviews Alan Hall’s analysis that suggests the monolithic dome could be the bear market house of the future.

December 17, 2014
Social mood and the markets: It’s getting ugly
Source: MoneyWeek
Learning how to judge social mood can tell you a lot about which way the market is heading, writes columnist John Burford.

August 14, 2014
Parallels Between Markets
Source: Power Trading Radio
Socionomist contributor and Summit speaker, Peter Atwater, joins host John O’Donnell to discuss the cultural similarities between 1966-1974 and from 2000 to present day.

July 26, 2014
The Stock Market Has Been Predicting Russian Crises Since 1857
Source: Business Insider
In light of the Russian-Ukranian conflict, Business Insider featured coverage of the Socionomics Institute’s 2007 report on Russia. The article quotes author Alan Hall, “these developments in the Ukraine [are] not an outlier, but a preview of larger trends ahead for Europe”.

May 26, 2014
Interest in Income Inequality: U.S. Case Study
Source: World Policy Blog
The Institute’s Alan Hall’s study on democracy is mentioned in an article by Peter Atwater for World Policy Blog.

December 2, 2013
Want Legalized Marijuana? Better Hope America Stays Grumpy

Source: Businessweek
In a Q&A for Businessweek, socionomic researcher Euan Wilson explains the correlation he’s discovered between increased marijuana legalization in the U.S. and the pessimistic, post-recession national mood. Wilson discusses recent developments such as the approval of a ballot measure in Colorado to tax legal pot sales that support his larger theory.

September 22, 2013
Why Stock Markets May Be Lagging Indicators

Source: Forbes
Asia Confidential columnist James Gruber cites socionomics and social mood as an explanation as to what’s driving markets right now. Gruber explains, “Socionomics suggests social mood – what happens in society as expressed in the arts, music, mores, fashion and so on – drives stock markets which in turn drives economies. Put another way, what happens in society is a lead indicator for market price action.”

July 10, 2013
Euan Wilson on the Traders Network

Source: Traders Network
Euan Wilson joined host Michael Yorba on the Traders Network Radio Show to talk about what changes in social mood tell us about society at large. In the interview, Wilson explains that the stock market is the best way to measure social mood, though social mood affects things beyond just the financial markets. Everything from the kind of clothes we wear, the music we find appealing and whether we want to wage wars is regulated by social mood.

June 18, 2013
Does Opulent Spending Signal Market Downturn?
Source: Fox Business News
Self-proclaimed Socionomist, Peter Atwater, and’s Jonathan Hoenig discuss whether excessive spending is a sign of a downturn in the markets. Peter Atwater, President of Financial Insyghts, explains that the behaviors he sees outside of the markets – especially in art, automobiles and residential real estate – tell him that social mood, and the markets in turn, either have topped or will soon top.

June 18, 2013
Spendthrift Elite Signals Equity Slide, Behavioral Experts Warn
Source: Reuters
Reuters reporter Atul Prakash quotes Robert Prechter, Peter Atwater, Murray Gunn and other social mood practitioners in an article about using socionomics and social mood to forecast the financial markets.

June 5, 2013
Why Rising Stocks Are a Buzzkill for Legalized Marijuana  
Source: Yahoo! Finance
Socionomist Euan Wilson joins Yahoo! Finance host, Jeff Macke, on his web show Breakout to discuss how history has shown that in times of economic prosperity government is more aggressive towards criminalization of recreational drug use. In the interview, Wilson explains, “rising social mood imbues people with the social willingness to remove social ills like drug use.” And when the market falls, “People give up on [removing social ills], they’re out of time, they’re out of money, they’re out of patience. So falling social mood will lead to decriminalization of drug use.”

May 23, 2013
Understanding the Social Mood
Source: Power Trading Radio
Euan Wilson joins host Merlin Rothfeld for an in-depth look at what the primary differences are between Socionomics and SocioEconomics.

March 15, 2013
Weekend Wrap with John O’Donnell and Alan Hall
Source: Power Trading Radio
The Socionomics Institute’s Alan Hall and Power Trading Radio host, John O’Donnell discuss socionomic theory and talk about how social mood drives the markets, cultural trends, politics and more.

February 26, 2013
Do European Stock Markets Predict European Elections?
Source: Yahoo Finance
In a guest article for Yahoo Finance, the Institute’s Alan Hall compares recent European election results versus each country’s prior market performance.

November 15, 2012
Pro-Secession Talk Fueled By Country’s Negative Social Mood, Study Says
Source: US News & World Report
Elizabeth Flock writes about Alan Hall’s 2010 study on secessionism, saying “…the country’s negative social mood, reflected by downturns in the stock market, as correlated over time with pro-secession movements.”

October 31, 2012
‘It’s the President, Stupid’: Elections Drive the Economy, Too
Source: Yahoo! News
David Pennock mentions the Socionomics Institute’s ongoing study of elections in an article about how markets affect sitting presidents.

October 26, 2012
What the Stock Market Shows About the Election–Maybe
Source: The Atlantic
James Fallows writes about an “an economic correlation with political results that is far more powerful than the unemployment rate.” Fallows links to the Socionomics Institute’s paper on SSRN (Social Science Research Network) and explains that the correlation is with the change in the stock market’s value during a president’s term.

October 16, 2012
Election Can Be Predicted By Stock Market, Researchers Say
Source: NBC News
Columnist Roland Jones quotes Robert Prechter, Matt Lampert and Deepak Goel in an article about the Socionomics Institute’s elections paper.

October 14, 2012
Key To Election: Stocks, Not Jobs
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Michael Smerconish writes about the Socionomics Institute’s election paper and explains that the stock market’s performance is more predictive of incumbent presidents’ reelection bids than the unemployment rate and other economic indicators, including GDP and inflation.

October 11, 2012
52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #18, The Stock Market
Source: Huffington Post
Bernard Whitman cites Robert Prechter’s election paper in a guest article for Huffington Post about how stocks perform in regards to incumbent presidents.

October 9, 2012
Roosevelt, Reagan, Clinton and…Obama?
Source: Forbes
Personal finance columnist Gregg Fisher writes about Robert Prechter’s presentation at the annual meeting of the Academy of Behavioral Finance & Economics where he spoke about the relationship between social mood, stock market performance and U.S. presidential elections.

September 28, 2012
Study: Stock Market Election Predictor
Source: United Press International
The international news agency writes about the Institute’s election paper, explaining how the stock market is a better predictor of presidential re-election bids than the unemployment rate or the price of gasoline.

September 13, 2012
Obama’s Chances Look Less Golden
Source: Barron’s
Columnist Randall Forsyth writes about stocks being the best predictor of the presidential election outcome and cites the Socionomics Institute’s election paper.

September 1, 2012
Obama’s ‘Secret’ Success

Source: New York Post
The Socionomics Institute’s study on presidential re-election bids is mentioned in an article about how the stock market will affect the upcoming election.

August 28, 2012
Social Mood Regulates US Shootings

Source: Human Events
In a guest column for the conservative news outlet, socionomist Alan Hall explains that multiple shootings in America occur more frequently during negative national moods.

August 28, 2012
Forget About Unemployment Rate — S&P 500 Bigger Nov. 6, Study Finds
Source: Bloomberg
The Socionomics Institute’s paper on elections is featured in a Bloomberg Political Capital article about how likely the president is to be re-elected if the stock market rose on his watch.

August 23, 2012
History Says a Roaring Stock Market Makes Obama Win Likely
Source: U.S. News and World Report
U.S. News and World Report’s Chief Business Correspondent writes about the Institute’s elections paper. He writes, “the Socionomics research goes a step further by comparing the stock market to other factors such as unemployment, economic growth, and inflation—which, it found, have surprisingly little influence on presidential re-election bids.

August 20, 2012
Investors in Health Care Seem to Bet on Incumbent
Source: New York Times
Deepak Goel of the Socionomics Institute is quoted in an article for the New York Times DealBook saying “The best single predictor of presidential re-election results that we found was the percentage change in the stock market during the three years that preceded Election Day.”

August 15, 2012
Obama presidency great for stocks. Will it help him?
Source: Reuters
Columnist Steven Johnson quotes Robert Prechter in an article about the relationship between Obama’s presidency and the stock market. Prechter explains that the trend towards positive mood should make voters less inclined to express bad feelings towards the president.

July 5, 2012
Social Mood Is the Real Governor of the Federal Reserve
Source: Yahoo! Finance
In a guest column for Yahoo! Finance, socionomist researcher Alan Hall writes about the relationship between the market and the Fed. His article explains how social mood strongly influences the Fed.

March 6, 2012
Can the Markets Predict the Next President?
Source: Yahoo! Finance
Robert Prechter talks with Yahoo! Finance Breakout host, Jeff Macke, about the Socionomics Institute’s landmark study on presidential elections, “Social Mood, Stock Market Performance and U.S. Presidential Elections.”

February 29, 2012
President Obama Runs with the Bulls

Source: The Hill
The Hill, a congressional newspaper with the largest circulation of any Capitol Hill publication, wrote up the Institute’s study on the stock market’s uncanny ability to predict elections.

February 10, 2012
Robert Prechter on Capital Account

Source: RT America
Robert Prechter joins RT America’s Capital Account host Lauren Lyster to discuss how social mood drives markets, movies and miniskirts among other things.

February 3, 2012
If Romney Wants to Beat Obama, He Should Hope the Dow Crashes

Source: Washington Post
The Washington Post reports on The Socionomics Institute’s research study, “Social Mood, Stock Market Performance and U.S. Presidential Re-Elections.”

December 13, 2011
Is the Recession Making Us Boring?

Source: Minyanville
Socionomic researcher, Euan Wilson, and socionomics founder, Robert Prechter, are quoted in this Minyanville article about television and movie trends during bear markets.

May 31, 2011
Simple Correlation that Links Blogs and Tweets to Dow Jones Average
Source: The National
Socionomics is mentioned in an article about how public mood on social media platforms correlates with world markets.

April 19, 2011
Socionomics; The Science of Understanding Social Change is Gaining Momentum

Source: The Root Trend
The Root Trend reviews the 2011 Socionomics Summit saying “A list of exceptional speakers drew strong attendance and gave everyone a lot of big ideas to consider.”

December 22, 2010
Bear Markets Are Bad For Liberty

Source: Bear Market Radio
Bear Market Radio speaks with Alan Hall about his research in authoritarianism as it relates to bull and bear markets.

October 26, 2010
Bullish or Bearish on Prop 19? Pegging Marijuana Legalization to Market Indicators

Source: Time
reports on the Socionomics Institute’s study of social mood and marijuana legislation.

October 22, 2010
Is a Bad Economy Good for Women Politicians?

Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
writes about the Socionomic Institute’s research in political trends as they relate to social mood.

September 20, 2010
Exploring Socionomics and Social Mood Trends with Michael Flagg of FutureJacked

Source: FutureJacked
Socionomic proponent Michael Flagg talks about his latest social mood thoughts and observations with

August 24, 2010
A Buggish Market?

Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic comments on the resurgence of bedbugs across New York City and references Alan Hall’s study on epidemics in the website’s Daily Dish blog.

May 24, 2010
The Wisdom Of Herds: How Social Mood Moves The World

Source: NewScientist
publishes an article by John Casti, PhD. on social mood and his new book Mood Matters.

April 14, 2010
Could the 11,000-Point Dow Make Us All Miserable?

Source: Esquire
magazine interviews socionomist Alan Hall about the February 2010 study “A Survey of U.S. Secessionism.”

March 2010
Pop Music As An Economic Indicator – Changing Tastes May Reflect Market Mood

Source: The Futurist
The Futurist magazine cites the Socionomics Institute’s October 2009 study “Melody and Mood.”

November 17, 2009
Could the Pop-Culture Mood Mirror Stock Market Swings?
Source: USA Today
USA Today interviews researchers Matt Lampert and Euan Wilson about the Institute’s October 2009 study “Melody and Mood.”

October 2009
Gainesville Guru

Source: Georgia Trend
Georgia Trend
magazine interviews Robert Prechter and takes a comprehensive look at the Socionomics Institute.

August 7, 2009
Could Recession End Cannabis Ban?

Source: NewScientist
reports on the Socionomics Institute’s study of social mood and the War on Drugs.

July 13, 2009
History’s Engine and the Great Bear Wave

Source: WorldNetDaily
WorldNetDaily discusses Robert Prechter’s July 2009 speech at the International Business School of Switzerland.