Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Runaway Bull Market - The Dow Jones

In the beginning of 2013 hardly anybody will predict that the US market will experience the so called "Runaway bull market"! Runaway bull market means that the market is rising without a 20% correction. If we look back at the history, the last >20% correction was in 2011 August - the debt ceiling crisis. Prior to that was the 2008-2009 prolonged bear market that the DJIA was wiped out by more than 50% from its peak of 14,000. 

Nobody can predict accurately when is the next major market correction but there are a few factors that will determine the direction of the market: the Fed, the interest rates and the slowdown of the Chinese economy. To a lesser extend, some may even think that there could be a commodity crash but I think the possibility is low, but I would not rule out completely as 120 years ago in 1893 there was a stock market crash sparked by the Sherman Silver Purchase Act that caused massive bank failures during that time.

Malaysia market so far has been quite resilient without much affected by the recent Asian market sell down by the foreign funds. If you have been following my articles, you will know that I recommend the timing for entry into the market is February, May, August and November as these are the cycle low months of the year statistically. However,  I would advice investors to be cautious from August till November as these months are more volatile historically with many stock crashes happened before.

Moving forward to the second half of 2013, my stance still holds that generally this year will be a bullish year with some minor corrections of not more than 10% each. Support is 1600, resistance is 1840. And my favourite sectors are properties, construction, oil and gas.

Good luck to your investment, remember to take profits, lock in your gains first as there'll be plenty of opportunity to buy low sell high. 

Happy investing,

Pauline Yong