An investor who behaves in opposition to the prevailing wisdom; for example, buying when others are pessimistic and selling when they're optimistic, or buying out-of-favor stocks. In an extended bull market, the term contrarian can begin to mean someone who is bearish or prefers value stocks to growth stocks, although this is really just a subset of contrarian investing.

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I have been very successful as a contrarian investor purchasing stocks at bargain prices when they are no longer in favor.

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My hedge fund manager usually tries to do the opposite of what the masses are doing, and he usually invests as a contrarian, buying when others are selling.

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The rogue investor's contrarian views enabled him to take advantage of a bull market that was blindsided by economic peril as he shorted heavily in the months prior.

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