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Old 01-09-2021, 11:46 PM   #81
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Old 01-10-2021, 08:47 AM   #82
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To me, the economy and the markets always feel on the precipice of doing.......something different than right now, either going up, down, all around or sideways. My solution is to ask myself if I think my portfolio will be better off in 20 years? So far, the answer is always a confident ďyesĒ and my larger fear then becomes not screwing up that likelihood by attempting to get fancy, fiddling around with my AA and making short term, proven rookie mistakes.
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Where is this money going next?

From Fed data, USA personal savings:

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The question "where is the market going from here?" smacks of a desire to time the market. However, trimming a position that you believe, based on individual company or sector metrics has reached full value, isn't market timing to me. The same goes for a position that has exceeded its assigned percentage in your AA. In either case, you might lose out on some potential additional gains, but you'll be able to sleep at night and never feel the need to ask the aforementioned question.
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The question "where is the market going from here?" smacks of a desire to time the market. However, trimming a position that you believe, based on individual company or sector metrics has reached full value, isn't market timing to me...

Many stocks way overpass their full value by several times, and face higher risk than the market.

However, selling them is also anathema to EMH proponents who say that it is the same as stock picking, and you cannot do it reliably.

It's the main reason that I do not believe in EMH. Timing the decline of a bubblicious stock to short it is indeed hard. It is not as hard to recognize that the stock is overpriced to avoid it.
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The question "where is the market going from here?" smacks of a desire to time the market. However, trimming a position that you believe, based on individual company or sector metrics has reached full value, isn't market timing to me. The same goes for a position that has exceeded its assigned percentage in your AA. In either case, you might lose out on some potential additional gains, but you'll be able to sleep at night and never feel the need to ask the aforementioned question.
Really it is kind of silly that "market timing" has such a negative rap around here. Every buy or sell decision is market timing to some degree. We buy when we expect an investment to go up and we sell when we expect it to go down. On the other side of every trade is someone who believes the opposite.

I smile when I see someone who considers themselves to be a long term investor anguish over the fact that with a conventional mutual fund itís typically a few hours of small random movements before we know our trade price. DW and I made a low 7-figure trade on Thursday or Friday and I haven't even gone to look at the price. Our last trade with that asset was a couple of years ago.
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Gee OldShooter, are you turning over a new leaf in the new year?
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Gee OldShooter, are you turning over a new leaf in the new year?
Not sure what you are asking. My point is simply that we cannot avoid market timing unless we don't trade. I am certainly not advocating the sort of large trades/large market timing that has historically gotten people into trouble. In a nutshell, my trading strategy remains like this:

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This thread is full of lots of hope and lots of pessimism. What's missing is that the leaders we pick and the initiatives we support and promote will have a lot to do with our future at all levels, even for retirees.

We've been living off the spoils of the past for much of my life. One example - when I was a younger man the country got behind building an interstate highway system, and it transformed our economy. The deterioration of such infrastructure is not only sad to watch but dangerous. New initiatives around infrastructure, properly managed, would transform our economy, and change our future.

Cynicism is a popular habit, but not productive and not supportive of economic well-being at any level.
Maybe folks will notice when the bridges start collapsing weekly.
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No professional investors that I read say the market is too hot, too expensive or not broad enough. On the contrary.

Does everyone agree the economy is not producing at its full potential?

What happens to equity markets when the economy is producing at full potential, whenever that may be? Will the market be higher, or lower?
The market has already anticipated the economy producing at full potential and then some.
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I smile when I see someone who considers themselves to be a long term investor anguish over the fact that with a conventional mutual fund itís typically a few hours of small random movements before we know our trade price.
I smile at the anguish over the $30 "free" Turbotax or not.
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Its more like $55 free or not.
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The market has already anticipated the economy producing at full potential and then some.
Indeed it has. But that's in regard to the domestic economy. What we don't know is whether the incoming administration will bleed off some of the recently created wealth based on that anticipation.
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The market has already anticipated the economy producing at full potential and then some.
If only we could reliably measure this anticipation. I guess that is what earnings estimates are about. The SP500 estimated forward PE is currently 25.5.
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Really it is kind of silly that "market timing" has such a negative rap around here. Every buy or sell decision is market timing to some degree. We buy when we expect an investment to go up and we sell when we expect it to go down. On the other side of every trade is someone who believes the opposite.

I smile when I see someone who considers themselves to be a long term investor anguish over the fact that with a conventional mutual fund itís typically a few hours of small random movements before we know our trade price. DW and I made a low 7-figure trade on Thursday or Friday and I haven't even gone to look at the price. Our last trade with that asset was a couple of years ago.
I buy when I have money and sell when I need it. Sometimes I rebalance, but I have only done that once in the past 5 years. Price does not play a role at all.
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So, I get the question all the time: What about inflation? Why haven’t we had inflation in light of all of this massive stimulus? And the answer is, well, we've had plenty of it, it's just been in asset prices, not in the real economy.

As I pointed out in a couple of other threads, the price of industrial metals, i.e. copper, tin, zinc, iron ore, has been rising. Same with rock phosphate and urea for fertilizer. These are still far from their all-time high, but are higher than 1 year ago, even pre-Covid.

The world economy is still recovering, so I don't think the rise of commodity prices is due to higher demand, but rather due to lack of supply. Will supply improve soon?

Just yesterday, I read of Toyota not being able to produce pickup trucks due to lack of some semiconductor chips.

When will higher commodity prices get reflected in the PPI? How high will the Fed let it go until it raises interest rates?

I don't know the answer to any of that, so can only keep an eye on new developments. No need to sell anything at this point.
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I think it is clear that the Fed and the incoming administration will let the economy run hot for quite awhile. People were surprised that in the pre-Covid economy the unemployment rate could drop so low without inflation. That lesson will not be soon forgotten.

Will we see a wage spiral eventually leading to less controlled inflation? Could be a few years in coming but that might cause equities to hiccup. Anyway we are no where near that yet.
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... I don't know the answer to any of that ...
Me neither.

"The Latin maxim ignoramus et ignorabimus, meaning "we do not know and will not know", stood for a position on the limits of scientific knowledge, in the thought of the nineteenth century." And, I would say,it also applies to predictions of almost any sort, like investing.
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Except on Amazon only on Dec 26.
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OFF TOPIC: Amazon has TT Delux for $40 now. Being a gun slinging trader I bought it.

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