Go on, admit it…at this very moment, you’re glancing at a business anchor who’s busy losing their mind on your telly. Yes, left, right & centre – lots of markets are correcting. Or should I say collapsing, tanking, plummeting, nose-diving, slumping, free-falling, or simply never ever recovering ever..! And if you can look past the hyperbole, some are unfortunately entering actual bear market territory. Kinda gets the blood pumping, eh? You really should switch off the TV, and just go meditate (or run a marathon) instead! It definitely could save you a few quid & a few stupid decisions. But we’re all too human – and now we’re addicted to this 24/7 diet of escalated corporate & market drama, so it’s become easier than ever for the media to stoke fear (and greed) in our hearts.
Traditionally, a 10% market reversal was defined as a correction, while a bear market was at least a 20% decline. But now the business media’s upped the ante, unilaterally adopting something like 3% & 10% as the new thresholds (respectively). [And I suspect politicians & central banks aren't far behind]. Look at them now – glued to their desks, fuelled on Red Bull, and kitted out with adult diapers (think about it…live TV, energy drinks & too much excitement?!), they can barely contain their glee at this renewed market turmoil. Which is, of course, sheer madness…
But here we are, lapping it up – feeling so very serious about the market yet again. Because a reversal invariably hits us out of the blue, with the reasons why only trailing after, in its wake… [How many talking heads highlighted a global growth slow-down two months ago?! But now it's the glib explanation you're hearing on every business channel]. I mean, we began September with so much promise?! Personally (& somewhat counter-intuitively), I was fairly bullish myself – and I still think I read the charts correctly as being quite promising (though I definitely wasn’t keen on a 2,000+ S&P). Unfortunately, the price action & the charts never quite followed through, and now September & October are living up to their more usual grim reputation.
So, what am I going to tell you here..?