So the fundamental case for a 20 year bull run as BMO is calling for and certainly many other banks seem to be onboard with that is not looking great YTD. In fact, most perma bulls have shy’d away from even mentioning fundamentals other than to say that generally they aren’t looking great but don’t worry the Fed is still engaged. And so I feel its a worthwhile exercise to have a look at the technicals. Thing about the technicals is that you can cherry pick any baseline point to really make any case, good or bad. But if we take a look at a time period that encompasses several cycles we negate our ability to cherry pick the baseline and we can be much more confident in our overall analysis.
So what I’ve done is taken a two decade period of S&P pricing which encompasses several cycles. Mid 1990′s was a market mid cycle having recovered from the short recession of the early 1990′s but before things really began heating up in the late 1990′s. If we just have a gentle look at the chart we see we’ve had a couple large cycles with fairly extreme booms and subsequent busts. Currently we are in the midst of the third boom which has taken us to new all time highs. Now even a 5 year old can look at the chart and say at some point this thing has a large down turn, same as it always does. That’s easy to see and not many will argue it. But as so many bulls remind us we could have said the same thing about this chart a year ago and we’d have missed out on significant returns. Very true. So the key is then figuring out where the down turn begins. I know I know that’s the kind of stuff you have to go to biz school for eh. Ok so let’s first have a look at the easy chart.