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THIS Is How Most Bear Markets Start

Does great economic news really portend a stock market boom? (Prepare to be surprised.)

by Bob Stokes
Updated: June 08, 2021

If you study stock market history to see when bear markets usually start in relation to economic news, you will find what Elliott Wave International has long shared with subscribers to be true.

Our June Elliott Wave Financial Forecast reiterates that point with this display and commentary:


We"ve said it before: "Bull markets tend to end on great news." It bears repeating now because as our collage of headlines illustrates, expectations of a booming economy have seldom been more pronounced. According to Bank of America"s global fund manager survey for May, "investors were increasingly positioned to what it called "boom expectations"--with exposure to commodities, banks, materials, industrial and emerging market assets at highs relative to the last decade." A record 69% of respondents expect "above trend growth."

Investors have read of such glowing economic scenarios before -- more than once.

This is from our August 2007 Elliott Wave Financial Forecast:

The economic outlook portrayed in several articles rivals the talk of a "new era" economy that reigned as stocks topped in 2000. Here are the headlines depicting this latest version of economic nirvana:

The Greatest Economic Boom Ever

--Fortune, July 12, 2007

The Best Economy Ever

--The Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2007

As you may recall, the stock market went on to top some two months after the August 2007 Elliott Wave Financial Forecast published.

Positive economic headlines might persist for a time before a bull market ends, so investors may want to consult the Elliott wave model for precision.

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