Five reasons the bull market isn’t over


The first mistake everyone makes is to recognize the pattern. There is no pattern.

What do I mean? Well, stocks have been rising a for several years, and at times, the market has seemed to enter a sort of euphoria, like a game that everyone plays against each other, and yet everyone expects to win. Wise old pundits are telling everyone to sell everything because the financial world is doomed.

Taking the last objection first, it is amazing how many of those pundits have been trashing this bull market since before it even began. Show me a bear and I'll show you a person who has learned to deal with frequent disappointment. If you are bullish investor and one of the market's winners, be particularly wary of the predictions of the bitter and resentful. At this point, they have to believe the market will crash and bury all the rest of us alive.

I know, there's the pattern. It feels like this has happened before, but it hasn't. All these reasons boil down to an explanation of why this isn't the point on the great boom/bust cycle that our brains (yes, mine included) are starting to feel that it is.

The deepest secret of Kung-Fu may be to feel instead of think, but the deepest secret of the market is that the secrets of Kung-Fu are dead wrong.

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