Disclaimer. After nearly 40 years managing money for some of the largest life offices and investment managers in the world, I think I have something to offer. These days I'm retired, and I can't by law give you advice. I do make mistakes, but I try hard to do my analysis thoroughly, and to make sure my data are correct. Remember: the unexpected sometimes happens. The expected does too, but all too often it takes longer than you thought it would.

The Goddess of Markets punishes (eventually) greed, folly, laziness and arrogance. No matter how many years you've served Her. Take care. Be humble. And don't blame me.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

A blip?

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US markets fell a couple of percent last week.  In the context of the last 25 years, the fall is barely visible on the long-term chart (which is, as it should be, plotted on a log scale).  Yes, the market's had a good run, yes, it's much pricier than it was, and yes, there are question marks about emerging market growth.  On the other hand, DM (developed market) growth is accelerating, and DM central banks are very unlikely to raise interest rates for many many months.

If the blue line (the 150 day moving average) turns down, I shall be very concerned, because that would be one (strong) signal that a new bear market is emerging.

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