A bull market can promote overconfidence. You may be lulled into thinking that the major
indices will rise for years to come. That is not a given. The danger arrives if the market slumps and
your income is too heavily tied to equity performance. The upside is that when the bulls run, it may
be worth assuming greater risk exposure as a tradeoff for greater investment yields.
Asideways or bear market could reduce your income. If you are heavily invested in equities,
this is a natural consequence. Having a fair percentage of invested assets in debt securities may
help to offset it.
How can you spot a climate shift? No one has a crystal ball. If Wall Street behaves a certain
way for 2-3 weeks, that may be a clue. The classic bull market tends to be characterized by
confidence, optimism, minor volatility, small daily gains, and occasional losses. Emerging bear
markets tend to be rocky – featuring not only major descents, but also major rallies.
You may retire in one market climate, only to see another emerge. Market cycles are as
inevitable as economic cycles; a shift could coincide with your retirement.
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