The volatility we have seen in the markets since early February is enough to put bears and bulls alike at unease. Prior to early February, the markets were climbing up and up, making it worth maintaining a long position and buying each and every dip.
Just have a look here at the SPX:
But early February was the warning shot across the bow for the bear market that I expect. If you had been following the advice that I published throughout the third and fourth quarters of last year and into January, you would have converted to 60-70% cash and saved yourself from the headache and loss, which that shot would have inflicted.
Since February, the markets have been up and down. There are times when the market gets locked into a trading range and the market chops and churns, and the past 6 months have been a case in point. I call these periods “meat grinder” markets, because they tend to chew traders up.
Nevertheless, I’ve been on record saying that a bear market will arrive soon – and I had anticipated that it would arrive even sooner. But when things go against our expectations it’s critical not to panic. We must continue to watch the charts, and stick to our analysis and conclusions about what is fueling the larger emerging trend.
The post Bulls Have the Edge, But This “Meat Grinder” Market Is Very High Risk appeared first on Lee Adler’s Sure Money.