By Rick Kahler via Iris.xyz
March 9, 2017, was the eighth birthday of the bull market in the US S&P 500. In its lifetime it gained 314.4%, an average annual return of 19.4%. This raises a question as to how much longer it will last.
An article posted on MarketWatch.com, “Seven Signs We’re Near a Market Top and What to Do Now” gives some interesting perspective on what to look for to answer that question.
- Small investors begin pouring money into stock mutual funds out of fear they might miss out on another year of growth.
- Surveys of professional money managers show a declining number who are anticipating an imminent bear market, while more of them think the bull market will continue for a little longer.
- The VIX market index, which is a barometer of traders’ expectation of near term volatility (always present with a bear market), signals calm ahead.
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