Ed Easterling’s 12 Rules of Market Cycles

Here are Ed Easterling’s 12 Rules of Market Cycles:

1. Secular cycles are driven by the inflation rate (deflation, price stability, and higher inflation)

2. Secular bulls occur when P/E starts low and ends high over an extended period

3. Secular bears occur when P/E starts high and ends low over an extended period

4. Cyclical bulls and bears are interim periods of directional swings within secular periods

5. Cyclical cycles are driven by market psychology, illiquidity, or other generally temporary condition(s)

6. Time is irrelevant to the length of secular stock market cycles

7. Secular bulls require a doubling or tripling of P/E

8. Secular bears occur as P/E stalls and falls by one-third to two-thirds or more

9. When real economic growth is near 3%, there is a natural floor for P/E between 5 and 10, a natural ceiling around the mid-20s, and a typical average in the mid-teens

10. If economic growth shifts upward or downward for the foreseeable future, the natural range moves upward or downward, respectively

11. Inflation drives P/Es location within the range; economic growth drives the level of the range

12. The stock market is not consistently predictable over months, quarters, or periods of a few years; the stock market is, however, quite predictable over periods approaching a decade or longer based upon starting P/E

Life Lesson

icecreamboy“Fund Managers ,Future Traders and Day Traders should learn something from this kid!:

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.” The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes the quarters and leaves the dollar. “What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!” Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store & says “Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?” The boy licked his cone and replied, “Because the day I take the dollar, the game’s over!”

The Inanity Of Asking Questions On Blue Channels

Last week I was watching a investor query an analyst on a television show , the analyst in his most humble opinion on a particular stock said “Fundamentally it is good , technically it is not looking so good ” . What should I do asked the investor ? , the analyst replied ” I think you should hold on ” . the investor prompted “can I buy more , should I sell some ” . up came the analyst in his humble opinion ” buy on a fall , and sell on a rise ” and in wisdom he added “it is a volatile stock anything can happen “.. I failed to understand what the investor achieved of this conversation . the conversation had incorporated everything viz. . buy ,sell , hold and the standard disclaimer , “anything can happen ” . Investors are bombarded with packets of irreconcilable data which cause their little hard drives to collapse under pressure and confusion . Partly to blame for this are investors themselves , who ,in the quest for more information buy themselves a box of contradictions . !
What an investor needs is a modicum of authenticated information and to be phlegmatic .. however most investors these days are contrarian’s and hence , they follow up with every pink paper , and investment magazine , add to it the daily dose of ‘analysis’ on television … Those Score’s of analyst reciting their pedantic verses and the numerous phone calls by altruists souls that ring in to tell you ‘what’s hot on the street’ .! What do we have at the end of all this ? Ans.: An agglomeration of profligate et irreconcilable information and a confused individual — who can barely find his way in the heap of ‘ information ‘.
Serpents In the financial Eden :
All the information an investor has access to is at most sciolism , what lies beneath is above the reach of the common man on dalal street .Distortion and dilution are the two most plaintive facets of information today . Mostly intentional , distortion and dilution is carried out by interested quarters and the fodder is fed to the people , the public domain as we are all aware has the ability to Xerox information at the speed of light , and before you know it a distorted Piece of information has taken the shape of a ‘hot news’ on the street. (more…)
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