2009: Evidence of New Cyclical Bull MarketsOur most recent 2010 comments and research can be found on Short Takes, which is updated regularly and may be worth a bookmark.
At CCM, we do not believe in making investment decisions based exclusively on financial market forecasting. We instead look for fundamental and technical alignment to support and confirm forecasts. The transition from a bear market to a bull market takes time. Long-term investors can migrate from bear market allocations to bull market allocations as evidence of a primary trend change unfolds over several months.
In mid-April of 2009, the NASDAQ made an important new high, which may have signaled the first major step in the transition from a bear market to a bull market. The research below covers numerous observable events which point to the possibility of a new cyclical bull market taking shape in 2009. Cyclical bull markets can last from a few months to a few years, which is in contrast to a secular bull market which can last for 20 years or more. We do not believe all the elements are in place for a secular bull market, but we must respect that cyclical bull markets can last continue for years. For example, many believe the 2003-2007 bull market was of the cyclical variety. Cyclical or secular, the market went up for four years in the last bull market, which presented an opportunity for investors. Based on studies of post recession periods and periods after the S&P 500's 200-day moving average turns up, it is reasonable to surmise stocks could rally into the early spring of 2010.
Corrections To Be ExpectedA cyclical bull market does not mean the coming months will be easy for investors. The market never makes anything easy for anyone. Significant corrections coupled with periods of uneasiness and fear are to be expected in any bull market, secular or cyclical. With a recent successful retest of lows in the S&P 500 and many markets well above their 200-day moving averages, we can afford to give our investments a little more rope during the inevitable corrections in asset prices. As time goes on, stop-loss orders and risk management techniques should be able to take on a diminished role as we will err on the side of remaining invested into early 2010.
If conditions deteriorate and the markets migrate back toward a bearish stance, we will be willing to accept the possibility that the current bear has further to run. However, bullish evidence is not in short supply as we enter the second half of 2009. We will continue to monitor the markets and invest based on the observable evidence at hand. The observable evidence at hand remains bullish.
Focus Remains on Money Supply Expansion, Asia, and CommoditiesSince we have economic data and technical evidence in hand that support further gains in asset prices, for the balance of 2009 and for a portion of 2010, we will focus on the three themes below and place a reduced empasis on the two themes that follow.
Primary Drivers Next 10-12 Months
Secondary Drivers Next 10-12 Months
Research Supporting New Cyclical Bull Markets
These comments and research provided via the links above, taken from portions of research provided to CCM clients, may not pertain to or be appropriate for many investors based on their risk tolerance and situation. They are presented for educational purposes only.
Chris Ciovacco is the Chief Investment Officer for Ciovacco Capital Management, LLC. More on the web at www.ciovaccocapital.com
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