When Did The Stock Market Crash: Focus on Opportunity Instead

when did the stock market crash: forget the crash focus on a correction instead

Editor: Draco Copper | Tactical Investor

When did the stock market crash? Does It Even Matter

We are barely into the middle of  2018, and there is already a slew of articles stating that the markets are going to crash in 2018.  What is amusing is that these very same individuals have been making the same prediction for nigh on ten years.  You would think that by now they would have had some sense knocked into them; especially since they have taken such a massive drubbing. No such luck, the same experts keep mouthing the same nonsense hoping desperately for a new outcome. Will The Stock Market Crash In 2018?

Forget the noise and focus on the Trend

The masters of deception AKA experts take delight in concocting all sorts of fables as to how the markets are destined to crash. They go on to state the markets will remain in a downtrend for years to come. Let’s stop right there, the only thing that has crashed is their ego, and the only downtrend insight is their dismal forecasting record.

From a Mass Psychology perspective, bear markets are nothing but buying opportunities as they will spawn the next bull market.  When you hear these nutcases posing as experts stating that the financial world is going to collapse, ignore the noise and focus on the facts. In almost every instance, these chaps are only predicting their demise.  History indicates that markets trend upwards for much longer periods then they trend downwards.  Additionally had an investor purchased top-rated companies when the masses were dumping their stock during the so-called crash phase, they would have made a fortune over the years.

The trend is your friend; the rest is nothing but noise

To be fair one does not jump in as soon as the masses start to sell or buy as soon as the masses turn bullish.   One looks for extreme shifts in emotion; when the crowd is euphoric it’s best to take profits and sit on the sidelines; if you are aggressive, you can short the markets. When the panic readings soar to the stratosphere, and there is a talk that the outlook can only worsen then the prudent call of action is to start establishing positions in top-rated companies.

Every time the Markets sell off these lunatics posing as experts start raving about the next crash and a plethora of articles are frantically penned as the experts are desperately hoping that things will pan out differently. Is this not a clear example of insanity in action; regurgitating the same rubbish in the hopes that the outcome will suddenly change.  One thing these guys are good at is writing fiction, and it makes you wonder why they don’t make a career out of that as they are pretty darn good at it; reality seems to elude them.   When did the stock market crash is actually a very stupid question: the truth is that it never crashed as the difference between a crash and a correction comes down to perception. Astute investors view strong pullbacks as corrections, while panicked investors view them as crashes

Mass Sentiment Drives The Market

Since the inception of this bull market we have repeatedly stated that until the sentiment turns decidedly bullish and for an extended period, this bull market is unlikely to end. In Jan the bullish sentiment soared past the 60% for the 1st time in years. This could have marked the end of the bull, but the markets let out a massive dose of steam over a very short period and negative sentiment soared. Bullish sentiment has continued to trend downwards from its high of 60 in Jan 2018.  Therefore, for now, a crash has to be ruled out, but the markets will continue trending in a wide range until they moved to an oversold state. So the question should be how to make money from a stock market crash and not when did the stock market crash.

The gauges below clearly indicate that the masses are far from bullish and one of the founding principles of mass psychology is that you never take a position against the masses unless sentiment readings hit the extreme zone.

Bull Neutral Bear chartAnxiety Index Indicator

The weekly chart of the Dow

When did the stock market crash

While the Markets are trading in the oversold ranges on the weekly charts, they are still trading in the extremely overbought ranges on the monthly charts. Therefore we expect the action to remain volatile until the weekly and monthly charts are in alignment. Until then the Dow is likely to remain range-bound.

The Monthly chart of the Dow

Dow Jones chart monthly

The trend is showing no signs of weakening so all strong pullbacks should be viewed through a bullish lens. For those who are hell-bent on focussing on the bear market or crash factor; remember that the markets can remain irrational for much longer than most traders can remain solvent by betting against it.

When did the stock market crash; an idiotic question at best

The naysayers have been calling for a bear market for decades, and so far each bear has met a miserable death.   For example, the bears were screaming that the end was nigh when the Dow was trading below 20k, and then they made the same noise when it breached 21K and so on; the story is the same it never changes.

Instead of wasting precious time listening to these broken records, take a look at their track records.  The results are quite startling; over 90% of them have laid claim to the same silly story over the years, and they are still around. What does this tell you? Well if these Dr’s of Doom followed a shard of their advice, they would have bankrupted themselves several times over.  As they are still around, it means that they are trying to market their faulty information to you for a certain fee, the information they would be loath to follow.

Focus on the Trend Instead of trying to figure out  when the market is going to crash

Determine the trend and pay close attention to market sentiment; if the masses are not euphoric then shorting the markets is a recipe for disaster and vice versa. Fundamentals and technical’s are both useless when used in separation.  Examine the emotion driving the markets. What are the masses thinking or doing? Stock markets always crash on a note of euphoria and the masses are for now are far from happy.

Until the trend turns negative, don’t listen to the experts for at best they are making uneducated guesses that they don’t even believe.  Anything that comes from mainstream media should be taken with a jar of salt and a shot of whiskey. Until Fiat is eliminated, every massive correction should be viewed through a bullish lens for the Feds will pour even larger amounts of money to resolve the next created financial disaster. Until the masses are ready to reject Fiat, boom and bust cycles are here to stay. The stronger the market deviates from the norm, the greater the buying opportunity.

 Stock Market Update Oct 2019

It takes zero effort to panic and the reward is exactly zero; those that panic in the face of adversity are given what they deserve. In terms of the market that means less than zero, as the masses always sell at the bottom and buy at the top. The astute individual that does not panic walks away with a huge reward and that is how it’s been for millennia and nothing is going to change for another 1000 years.

There is no law or set rules when it comes to the markets other than having the ability to adapt to a given situation. We are dealing with emotions and when emotions do the talking, chaos is set free. And that is why like cattle, the lemmings always stampede when the markets sell-off. The masses also tend to jump in when the markets are about to crash. Hundreds of years have passed since the Tulip bubble and nothing has changed.

As always the masses are panicking at precisely the wrong time. We also see new subscribers overreacting to the current pullback, and this informs us that we are on the right side of the markets. While the trend is up, there are going to be hiccups along the way as no market trends in a straight line. The higher it moves the more volatility one can expect. Volatility is a Trend player’s best friend; in this case, it’s up so astute players can use strong pullbacks to add to current positions or open new positions.

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when did the stock market crash: who the hell knows and who the hell cares