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How Long into the Selloff Should You Wait to Pick Up Bargains?
The S&P 500 is down 7% within the last month and was down 9% before recovering slightly. Many bears are now convinced that the end of the bull market is upon us and that the market is due for a more significant downturn. Our question is how long into the selloff should you wait to pick up bargains? CNBC writes that the selloff is not over.
“This is the second decline of this year of 5 percent or more and two out of every time we had more than one decline in a year, the second decline was sharper than the first,” Stovall said. The S&P 500 dipped to 2,710 last week, a 7.8 percent decline from its all-time high in late September. In February, the S&P was down nearly 12 percent at its low. “There could be a test of the lows.
Successful long term investors stay in the market through its ups and downs. And successful long term investors are sure to buy at the low points. The point of value investing is based largely in assessment of intrinsic stock value. And, the intrinsic value of an investment is based on its forward-looking earnings potential, not its lowest price as investors pile out of the market to avoid more losses.
How Long Should You Wait?
The market keeps rising and falling. This sort of volatility tells us that many investors are getting out because they think that the bull market has run its course and is ready to crash. And, many investors think the market still has room to run so they are buying on the down-swings. Seeking Alpha writes about whether or not this is the start of a bear market.
This is still a bull market.
The bull market doesn’t have a lot of room left, probably 1 more year.
Leading economic indicators continue to improve, which is long term bullish for the stock market & economy.
The Freight Transportation Services Index is still trending higher. Historically, this leading indicator tanked or swung sideways for many years before bear markets and recessions began.