Financial Focus – November 9, 2017

Stampeding Bull Market May Slow Down … So Be Prepared

As you know, we’ve been enjoying a long period of steadily rising stock prices. Of course, this bull market won’t last forever – and when it does start losing steam, you, as an investor, need to be prepared.
Before we look at how you can ready yourself for a new phase in the investment  environment, let’s consider some facts about the current situation:
Length – This bull market, which began in 2009, is the second oldest in the past 100 years – and it’s about twice as long as the average bull market.
Strength – Since the start of this long rally, the stock market has produced an average annualized gain of 15.5% per year.
While these figures are impressive, they aren’t necessarily predictive – so how much longer can this bull market continue to “stampede”? No one can say for sure, but there’s no mandatory expiration date for bull markets – in fact, they don’t generally die of old age, but typically expire either because of a recession or the bursting of a bubble, such as the “dot.com” bubble of 2000 or the housing bubble of 2007. And right now, most market experts don’t see either event on the near-term horizon.
Still, this doesn’t mean you should necessarily…

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