October 9 may seem like just another day, but Tuesday marks a very significant day in the history of the US stock market. Today represents a day during which two major marketing turning points took place. On Oct. 9, 2002, the bottom of the bear market dissipated once the Internet bubble popped, and five years later, on the same day in 2007, the top of of the bull market arose, falsely leading us into the nation’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression in 2009. Suffice to say, analysts, data scientists, and numerologist plan on staying near their closest emergency exit or available toilet. 

Today marks the bull market’s ninth birthday, and earlier this year, a series of market thresholds were broken. CNN reports that in late January the Dow (DJI) “blew past the 20,000” threshold and then climbed above 21,000 just a month later.” Compared to nine years ago, the market is budding with life. In 2011, regular Americans had no interest in buying stocks, given that the Obama Administration was trying to wrestle the country free from the clutches of its debt. 

“The mood today versus nine years ago (during the Great Recession) is quite dramatic. It’s polar-opposite. Back then, nobody wanted to buy stocks.”

– Joe Quinlan, Chief Investment Strategist at US Trust 

Quinlan is spot on. Whether you are a Trump supporter or not, during this administration we have seen employment rates soar and job creation manifest across the nation. In response to the Dow’s breaking 20,000 in 2017, Trump couldn’t help but take a victory lap, especially given that this took place only one week after his inauguration. Trump exclaimed that America “just hit a record, and a number that’s never been hit before.” Since January 2017, the market has continued to entice Americans, who otherwise would refrain, to start investing. 

CNN reports that individual investors, who have sat out for most of the bull market game, are starting to ask the coach to put them in, they’re ready to play. Global equity ETFs have seen $91.5 billion of inflows so far this year, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC). It seems as though we are witnessing the return of the retail investor, as Americans grow more confident with the Bull market. For those of you reading that keep getting confused with talk of “Bull” and “Bear,” let’s step outside for some air real quick.

A “bull market” refers to a financial market in which prices are increasing or projected to increase, whereases when a market is bearish, it does the exact opposite. The use of these metaphors to describe the stock market is derived from the way each animal attacks its opponents. When a bull attacks, it thrusts its horns in the air, while Yogi the Bear swipes his paws down. So bull market means “up,” and bear market means, “down.”

Back to our regularly scheduled program. 

The Bull Market we are currently trading in is the 2nd in history, following a bull trend that spanned from 1949 to 1956. The current trend arose from the rubble of the Great Recession nearly two years ago in April 2016. Some are concerned that entering the market this late in the game is too late, and the tides could shift at any moment. Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research wrote in a report that “bull markets don’t die of old age, they die of fright.” Stovall’s report suggests that our fear of investing and avoiding of the stock market because it may become bearish will be our own demise. This poses a schroedinger’s cat of sorts. Investing in the stock market is inherently risk-oriented, so an investor must be prepared for the market to shift on a moment’s notice. At the same time, fear of the market collapsing, according to Stovall, will cause the market to, in fact, do exactly what we fear most. 

Alternative to this speculation, stocks have grown increasingly more expensive in recent months, so a fear that investors will start to drastically sell isn’t too far off base. According to CNN, as the Trump administration continues to promise tax cuts, tariffs on Chinese goods, and other policy changes, “valuations have climbed uncomfortably high.” Our friend, Stovall, writes that investors should now be on the lookout for a FOMO (fear of missing out) mindset that could signal overconfidence and sound the final lap of this bull market.” 

While analysts hope to predict the next market top or bottom, it is highly unlikely that when the day comes for the market trend to shift, we will even recognize it. As the saying goes, “they don’t ring a bell at market tops.” 

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