“Investors should always regard the stock market as sailors regard the sea — a means to an end, usually benign, but potentially lethal.” The author of today’s article cites this quote in reminding that, while it may seem that we are in “a new era of endless investment prosperity” where there is little need to fear the bear, recessions are normal and are to be expected — and while bear markets can actually be a welcome development for younger investors, “older investors should take the prospect of a bear market seriously. Very seriously.” For his eight steps to prepare for the bear, CLICK HERE.
Based on an analysis of the last two bear markets, today’s article outlines a simple strategy that “would have slashed your risks by as much as a third, and would have yielded you much greater long-term profits on the way back up” – and this “less risk, more money” strategy could potentially work again in the next bear market. For the key elements of this strategy, CLICK HERE.
Since getting out of the market too early can result in missing out on gains, how can we know when the next bear market will start? While there are many tools that indicate when a bear market starts after the market has already started to turn, the author of today’s article states that “Even though signals from some tools will come after the down turn is underway, these signals could still provide a profitable warning” – and proceeds to highlight some of these tools. For more, CLICK HERE.
There’s always a bull market somewhere – so where’s that somewhere right now (besides the U.S.)? The author of today’s article notes that “One way to spot the bull market that is tradable is with technical analysis, the use of charts and indicators.” He proceeds to outline one way to use technicals to identify a bull (or bear) market – and what this method indicates about the possible location of the current bull market. For more, CLICK HERE.
In regards to the uranium sector, the author of today’s article states that “The fear and misunderstanding in this sector over last seven years has created a huge opportunity…What we’re seeing is the death of the bear market as prices have bottomed out and beginning to sharply recover.” He proceeds to outline three reasons to believe that there’s a uranium bull market in the very early stages – and why this may be the ideal time to invest. For more, CLICK HERE.
Commodities have been in an extended bear market for quite some time. Looking ahead, however, one commodities watcher is very bullish on uranium (which he singles out as possibly being his favorite commodity right now), and expects very big returns from the metal, which is currently as cheap as it was in 1998. For more – including one uranium development company that he likes in particular – CLICK HERE.
With some market timers predicting a “big bear market” lasting at least several months, the author of today’s article asks whether you should invest in a bear market. His answer to this question, simply put, is yes, you should. But what are good investments in such a situation? He outlines some approaches to identifying solid bear-market bets – including why, when investing in a bear market, you may want to consider investing in beer. For more, CLICK HERE.
What constitutes a bull market? And what about a bear market? The author of today’s article argues that popular definitions of these market events based on percentage changes (e.g. a bear market is a 20% peak-to-trough drop) have no rational basis behind them and are unable to help investors when it comes to the tasks of “managing risk, deploying capital or even in thinking about market cycles”. As such, he has created definitions that he believes are more useful for investors in their decision-making. To read more, CLICK HERE.
Forget the career media pundits and prognosticators. To get a read on what the future holds for stocks and the possibility of a significant pullback, the author of today’s article looks at “what some of the most reputable, well-studied money managers and academics in the business are saying….” So what are these individuals – including Vanguard Chairman & CEO William McNabb and a professor of finance at The Wharton School – forecasting in terms of lower returns going forward? What five steps does the author recommend taking to prepare your portfolio for lower returns or a bear market? CLICK HERE to read more.