|Source: Blue Marble Research|
Here, a year later, and the market is its second recovery year and chugging ahead deflecting all sorts of what seems to be negative information. Where are we now on the cycle chart?
I think most people would agree that we are on the left hand side - probably between "optimism" and "excitement" and, who knows, maybe a bit past "excitement". Those who had a plan and stuck with it have fully recovered from the downturn.
We are not yet at the point of "Euphoria" although another 15% and we could be there. Believe it or not there are "investors" still who are mainly in cash after the 2008/early 2009 blowout. Another 15% and you can expect them to show up.Why will they show up? Because, for some inexplicable reason, they like to buy at high prices.
You'd probably be surprised how often I am asked if now is the time to get in. Its gotten to the point that, if I could fit a turban and a crystal ball into my brief case, I think I would. My response is that investing isn't about timing the market.
Here is a quote from Benjamin Graham, the father of value investing: “If I have noticed anything over these 60 years on Wall Street, it is that people do not succeed in forecasting what’s going to happen to the stock market.”
Thinking about where we are on the roller coaster of investing is a fun exercise but the bottom line is that we never really know where we are and how long it will stretch out. As always the DIY investor is best served by sticking to a well thought asset allocation plan and executing that plan with low cost investments.