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The Long Bull Market: A Promising Outlook for Investors

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As investors, it’s easy to fall prey to recency bias, especially when market crashes are fresh in our minds. The dot-com crisis of the late 90s and the mortgage crisis of 2008 continue to haunt us. However, it is important to recognize that investors often struggle to identify market bottoms and the beginning of a recovery. Even during significant corrections, many investors anticipate further drops. This mindset can lead to missed opportunities and losses. It’s crucial to have a clear understanding of investor psychology and avoid falling into the trap of biased thinking.

Despite the prevailing concerns and uncertainties, this year has witnessed a significant rally in equities. The Nasdaq, in particular, has performed exceptionally well, with a 40% increase. However, some investors argue that this surge is driven by an β€œAI bubble” and only a handful of stocks, dismissing the broad-based strength of the market. Moreover, they fear that rising Treasury yields and a sustained inflationary environment will eventually cause a correction in stock prices.

Contrary to these concerns, we believe that these interpretations overlook key factors driving risk asset prices. In the short term, risk asset prices respond primarily to two factors. First, they are influenced by credit creation and government fiscal policies. Second, technical analysis plays a role in navigating the shorter-term price movements of securities. By using tools such as Elliott Wave and Fibonacci analysis, investors can assess the potential direction and magnitude of price changes based on past patterns.

Inflation, often feared by investors, can actually be beneficial for risk assets. While late and rapid central bank responses to inflation can negatively impact equities, moderate levels of inflation can contribute to corporate earnings growth. With inflation, companies like Microsoft can raise prices while keeping costs relatively stable, leading to improved earnings. Additionally, inflation can benefit leveraged balance sheets by reducing the real value of debt, thus boosting stock prices.

Considering the current reflationary cycle and the positive backdrop for equities, it’s plausible to suggest that the equity market lows in 2020 marked the beginning of a long bull market. While initial market exuberance eventually led to a correction, there has been a sustained accumulation of large positions in the major US equity indices. Technical analysis indicates that we may currently be in the early stages of a larger-degree upward trend, with the potential for substantial gains in the years ahead.

Maximizing profits and minimizing risk in such a market requires strategic hedging. By employing hedges and inverse positions, investors can generate gains during market downturns while still benefiting from the dominant upward trend. Hedging also helps limit losses if the dominant direction is incorrectly chosen and can free up margin capital in portfolio margin accounts.

It’s important for investors to remain vigilant and adapt their strategies to changing market conditions. While there is always a degree of uncertainty in financial markets, a comprehensive understanding of market dynamics and a well-executed hedging strategy can increase the chances of success.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be considered as investment advice. Investment decisions should be based on individual risk tolerance and research.

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