I’m throwing this out there now – more so as a warning to newcomers.
My “risk barometer” being the SP 500 / Dow Jones Industrial Average is cranked about as high as one can imagine – given the current global state of affairs. We are now looking at levels not seen since the highs, prior to the massive crash in late 2007.
One can only assume that right around now, every retail investor on the planet has heard of the “massive upswing in markets” and has just as likely received word from their local shyster (ooops… broker) that now is a fantastic time to buy – as to not “miss out” on the opportunity to make a quick buck.
Looking a few days / week out – one could very well see what I refer to as a “blow off top”. A market phenomenon where large numbers of retail investors chase prices in a frantic scramble to “get in” before the opportunity has passed and the ship has sailed. Unfortunately this is right around the same time that Wall Street is unloading its last few shares (at insane premiums) to the poor unsuspecting newbies – blinded by greed, stumbling over themselves to snap up whatever shares they can.
I’m not suggesting their isn’t money to be made (seeing market leaders such as Apple down 55 bucks looks like a buy opp to me too) but I am putting out a strong reminder that – this is how the markets work. You are the last to buy (at the top) and then will generally hold (until you can’t stand it any longer) only to then sell at the bottom. The big boys will “buy your fear” and “sell your greed” all day long – as retail investors continue to do what humans will do.
Does this at all sound familiar?
Take heed….watch these markets like a hawk here at the highs….thank me later.