23rd June 2024

A fast be aware as the primary half of 2023 attracts to a detailed, stunning the locals with its depth. Why? As a result of virtually no one noticed this rally coming.1

As of this second, the indices stand appreciably greater than the place they had been on January 1, 2023: The NASDAQ 100 is up >38%, the S&P 500 is up ~15.5%, and the Russell 2000 small cap index is up virtually 7%. These numbers would make for a good 12 months a lot much less half that point.

Take into account these good points in gentle of yesterday’s dialogue about perception techniques and thought processes, Solely this time, as an alternative of referring to anti-vaxxers and insurrectionists, take into consideration all you heard from the fund managers, economists, strategists, and diverse pundits who freely opined on the place this market was going to go in 2023.

Why had been they so certain they knew what was going to occur? What had been their sources? Their course of? Did they take into account the chance that they may be flawed?

Extra importantly, had been you counting on these folks to tell your funding views? With their latest observe document contemporary in your thoughts, will you continue to depend on them sooner or later?

Having missed the massive rally, this similar group of folks is now busy working round with their hair on hearth, yelling about how unsustainable this transfer is — they appear to really feel that shares are too expensive, though one should marvel if they’d really feel the identical method in the event that they had been taking part within the rally, quite than shouting at it from the sidelines.

Maybe for a little bit context, we’d take into account these indices in a broader timeframe than YTD: For instance, trying again 2 years reveals us that almost all of those 2023 year-to-date good points are merely a restoration of the 2022 drop, as charges rose and fears of a revenue collapse unfolded.

Because the 2-year chart above reveals, NASDAQ 100 is up >4%, the S&P 500 is up ~3.4%, and the Russell 2000 is off 18%; these are hardly causes to rejoice. And but, that’s precisely what the previous 2 years within the U.S. fairness markets have gotten you.

A rally off the lows appears very totally different within the context of restoration of a drawdown.

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Benefit from the vacation weekend, and keep protected on the market…

Beforehand:
What Do You Consider? Why? (June 29, 2023)

Groping for a Backside (October 14, 2022)

No person Is aware of Nuthin’ (Could 5, 2016)

Too Many Bears (Could 3, 2022)

Capitulation Playbook (Could 19, 2022)

No person Is aware of Something

Predictions and Forecasts

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1. A number of technicians have been pounding the desk for the reason that June and October lows, together with Ed Yardeni, Ralph Acampora, and J.C Parets.

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