Market Alert November 3rd, 2018: What Could Cause The Next Bear Market?

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  • Three Things That Could Cause the Next Bear Market.

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Three Things That Could Cause the Next Bear Market.

The three things that we view could cause the next bear market are 1) the Federal Reserve overshooting, 2) a trade war with China, or 3) the midterm elections.

The Federal Reserve has been blamed for almost every recession that we have had in the United States in the last 50 years. As the Fed raises interest rates, it slows down the economy. If they raise interest rates too much, they end up slowing the economy down to the point of recession. Where we are right now, we do not see this yet. The very good jobs numbers that came out on Friday will most likely give the Fed more reason to raise rates again this year.

The midterm election results could represent change, and generally speaking, the Stock Market is change averse. If the Democrats gain the majority in Congress, that will represent change, and the market most likely will not like that in the short run. We believe that much of the volatility we have seen is because buyers are waiting to see what will happen, and when the traders are mostly sellers, the market can move quickly.

In our opinion, the trade war with China is the most likely to cause a bear market, if it happens. The trade war would officially begin in January since that is when the Tariffs on 100% of all the goods coming into the US from China will go into effect. We do not believe that it will come to that, however. From the pronouncements that we have heard in the last few days, it appears that negotiations are beginning in earnest. Only time will tell, of course.

Look at the chart below:

All we have to say is we are very thankful that we have our sell strategy! It sure helps us to sleep well at night.

Without it, we would find it very difficult to justify investing in the stock market at this time. We believe there is still upside, but we also believe that when the downside comes, it could be very bad.

Our strategy enables us to participate in the upside as long as it lasts; it is also designed to get us out with tolerable losses when the trend changes.

And we all know that the trend can change quickly and precipitously.

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We believe that the risk that we have today is different than anything we have had in history.

The hundreds of trillions of dollars of global debt put a significant strain on government’s ability to do anything about the next recession. In fact, we see all of this debt exacerbating the effects of any economic slowdown. The worst recessions that we have had around the world have mostly been the result of governments taking on too much debt.

Click here to listen to this week’s podcast and hear the following topics:

  1. 3 Things That Could Cause A Bear Market
  2. 18 Risks Faced In Retirement #19: Interest Rate Risk
  3. Social Security Question Answered
  4. Buy Hold Myth#4: Diversify And You Are Done
  5. Estate Tip: Living Trust

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Ken Moraif, CFP®, MBA