When even Hong Kong's most accomplished science fiction author writes about the stock market, it's a sure sign of dangerous times ahead. But actually, Ngai Hong, creator of the popular fiction series Wisely in the 1970s and '80s, may have offered the best advice of any pundit on the stock market. 'Stay away from the stock market. It's the greatest con in town,' he wrote in his regular column this week in the free newspaper am730. 'I learned this through bitter experience. Many punters today are too young to remember 1972. Back then, I was given a so-called insider tip and bought into a company at HK$32.50 per share. Disaster struck at the moment I bought the stock. It became a penny stock faster than I could pronounce its name. I got hurt badly. Ever since, I have not visited the stock market. Years later, I saw the same thing repeating itself with the dotcom mania. Lucky for me, I had nothing to do with it that time. 'Recently, a restaurant manager kindly offered me another insider tip on a stock. I politely thanked him and promptly forgot all about it ... all I can say is nothing hurts people more than 'insider tips'.' Wise words, spoken by a wise man!