This past week there has been quite a buzz among investors. Many believe that a Bull Market is fast approaching and are purchasing more shares. Is this just a false sense of hope or is there something going on?
Personally I think that efforts to time the markets are futile. For once the Motleyfool agrees with my sentiment. Simon Walters wrote the article Is a New Bull Market Coming? Here’s a Better Question to Ask where he stated it is better to focus on the long term instead of attempting to time the market. Seasoned investors will probably already have realized this according to Simon, but newer investors might not have.
The Bear Market has lasted for most of 2022 and this entire year. The stock market goes up and down frequently. A Bull Market can erupt just as quickly as it can fade away. The constant information flow on social media platforms, new news story alerts and get rich quick guides makes it incredibly hard to focus on the long term.
The phrase preparation is key couldn’t be more true when it comes to stock market investing. Those who prepare by researching stocks and at the same time construct strategies for investing long term grow rich. Those who don’t start to place stock market investing into the same category as gambling.
Anyway the point is that the market will always outwit those who try and anticipate it. Believe me I have tried to play this game and failed miserably. Back when I first started investing I heavily miscalculated when I tried to time the market.
So instead of trying to time the market plan for the long term. The Bull Market will return sometime.
While a few experts predict that stocks will keep on climbing according to the article Are Stocks Headed for a Bull Market? Here’s What Experts Say by Sarah Hansen. Others don’t think so. Recent stock gains doesn’t necessarily mean that a Bull Market is on the horizon.
Michael Wilson who works as an equity strategist at Morgan Stanley said that earnings estimates are way too high. This could eventually lead to huge losses for investors down the line. Wilson thinks that investors are incorrectly anticipating interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve during 2023. Consistently over the past year and all of 2023 the Federal Reserve has been raising rates to combat inflation. With the central bank recently signaling that an end to the rising interest rates may be close, a pause in the rising of rates is very different from a full stop.
Wilson also argues that raising the debt ceiling will have negative consequences on the market long term. This is, because of the Treasury Departments potential usage of the higher debt ceiling to issue new debt. In the worst case scenario this could push the costs bank charge to borrow money even higher.
Calie Cox who works as an investment analyst at eToro warns investors that counting on the return of a Bull Market can be dangerous. According to Cox a recession could be looming due to mixed labor data.
In contrast to Calie Coxses opinion there are some encouraging signs that a Bull Market will arrive soon. The Blog post IS THIS THE START OF A NEW BULL MARKET? states that even if both the economy and corporate profits have been bad lately. Low expectations have pushed stocks higher and higher. Negative sentiment together with indexes being oversold has made it possible for the slighted positive news to help propel stocks higher.
Now that the S&P 500 index’s price to price earnings ratio is approaching 18, it may be tough for the market to gain more confidence.
To further support the notion that a bull market may be on the horizon, another key technical analysis signal worth considering is the market breadth. The market breadth refers to the number of stocks participating in a market advance or decline. In a healthy bull market, a large number of stocks tend to be advancing, indicating broad-based strength. Conversely, in a bear market, the number of stocks declining outweighs those advancing.
Looking at the figure above, we can observe the market breadth using the advance-decline line for the S&P 500 Index. This line tracks the cumulative difference between advancing and declining stocks on a daily basis. Historically, when the advance-decline line begins to rise after a significant decline, it suggests a potential reversal in the market’s overall direction. On August 11, the advance-decline line showed a clear upward movement, signaling a potential shift towards a bull market.
Moreover, the sentiment among institutional investors, who tend to have a significant impact on market trends, is showing signs of improving. Reports from major investment firms indicate that institutional investors are starting to become more optimistic about the market’s prospects. Their increased buying activity and willingness to take on riskier positions suggest growing confidence in a market recovery.
Additionally, monetary policy actions taken by central banks can play a crucial role in supporting a bull market. In response to economic challenges, central banks have implemented accommodative measures such as interest rate cuts and quantitative easing. These policies aim to stimulate economic growth and provide liquidity to financial markets, creating a favorable environment for a bull market to take hold.
While these encouraging signs indicate the potential for a new bull market, it is important to approach these analyses with caution. Market conditions can be unpredictable, and there are always risks and uncertainties involved. It is advisable for investors to conduct thorough research, consult with financial professionals, and diversify their portfolios to mitigate potential risks.
In conclusion, the question of whether a bull market is coming remains uncertain. While there are some encouraging signs, such as low expectations driving stock prices higher, oversold indexes, and technical analysis signals indicating potential market reversals, it is essential to approach the situation with caution. The market can be unpredictable, and attempting to time it can be futile.
Instead of trying to anticipate the market’s movements, it is wise to focus on long-term investment strategies and thorough research. Investing in a diversified portfolio and planning for the long term can help navigate the ups and downs of the market. It is important to remember that the market will always outwit those who try to anticipate it.
Ultimately, whether a bull market is on the horizon or not, it is crucial to stay informed, seek advice from professionals, and make investment decisions based on careful consideration and analysis. By being prepared and adopting a long-term perspective, investors can position themselves for success regardless of the market’s direction.
Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding this article!