I have argued elsewhere that the risks of being out of the stock market may exceed the risks of being in it, even though a major drop may occur. This article explores that position.
So writes Monty Pelerin (www.economicnoise.com) in edited excerpts from the original article* entitled Stay In Markets – Part I.
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Pelerin goes on to say in further edited excerpts:
Why You Should Be Concerned?
Stock market investors should be wary, very wary. These times look and feel much like 1999 or 2007. The long-term chart of SPY, the ETF for the S&P 500 looks ominously similar:
Is this time different? Will we have another 50% plus leg down as happened twice in the first decade of this new century?
There is reason to be concerned. Performance last decade ranked with that of the decade of the 1930s. Is this pattern going to continue this decade?
Are the recent highs in markets due to the liquidity blanket provided by central banks around the world? Should markets be at the levels they are when deficits and debt burdens seem intractable and destined to sink economies?
There is little logic in markets. Liquidity from central banks has made traditional valuation techniques almost useless. Markets have become increasingly like roulette wheels where your intellect and analysis have little bearing as to whether you win or lose.
What Do I Do?
We do not know what lies ahead for the stock market. Oh, we have expectations but they are merely guesses that only coincidentally will be met.
Logic tells us that the stock market cannot continue at these levels without a real economic recovery but the stock market is not ruled by logic, at least in the short-term and in these strange times of on-going liquidity injections. Markets could easily double from here in the next couple of years or they could halve just like they did at the turn of the century and in 2008.
No one who went through the last two market corrections wants to deal with a third one. Yet, that experience is inevitable for someone who remains in markets over the long term. The difficulty is that we don’t know whether the repeat is close or off several years.
Stay in Markets, Regardless
My answer to the issue of staying in or getting out of markets is to stay in. This answer is independent of whether a correction is imminent or a few years down the road because we cannot possibly know that information….There will be a time to completely flee markets. It is just not now or at least I don’t believe so.
Editor’s Note: The author’s views and conclusions in the above article are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original post. Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor.
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