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Old 02-26-2009, 07:41 PM   #1
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Don't Be Fooled by Faux Bulls

Watch Out for "Sucker Rallies" - WSJ.com

Wall Street needs a new road sign.
"Caution: Sucker Rallies Ahead."
Plenty of very smart people are wondering right now if we are due a very big rally. And maybe they are right. It is certainly true that there are an incredible number of bargains around.
But that won't necessarily mean the bear market is over.
A look through the archives shows that big bear markets, like this one, last far longer than many people expect. And they feature any number of giant temporary rallies.
Japan's big bear market began in early 1990 and still hasn't clearly ended.
Yet during that time Japan has seen 13 separate rallies of 15% or more. Some were huge, and fooled many into thinking the bear market was over and the new bull market had begun.
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:16 PM   #2
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Great, all I have to know is which rallies are sucker's rallies and which one is the "real" one, and I'll be in fine fettle. This should be so easy!
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Just buy at the bottom and wait, no worries!
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I'll just keep buying every two weeks and ignore the noise.

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This board is typical. We are all in the grip of bear psychology. A thought experiment: when all these gurus say that the market will go down another 25% or more it is patently absurd. If so many people know that the market will drop 25%, they would rush to sell or sell short, and the market would almost immediately drop 25%.

Just watch- if the market should turn around and head abruptly up, two types of gurus will be quoted, and the same two types of posts made here.

Some will say that it is a bear rally and that it won't last; others will say that they saw it coming, that it had to happen.

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Some will say that it is a bear rally and that it won't last; others will say that they saw it coming, that it had to happen.Ha
And there are others that will say just the opposite ...
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I thought this was a thread about faux "balls". Nevermind...

I think this market will stay irrational longer than I can stay solvent...
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I thought this was a thread about faux "balls". Nevermind...

I think this market will stay irrational longer than I can stay solvent...
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