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With the stock market now down substantially -- and hopefully everyone reading my letter having already following my consistent and persistent advice over the last seven months of cutting back stock market exposure -- I still have to recommend “getting smaller” like well-known trader Dennis Gartman likes to say. I mean it’s so easy to just be complacent here, figuring stocks are already down -20% so most of the risk is over. But history shows the opposite, that stocks drop more like -50% or more during big bad bear markets. Just seems logical to cut back even more as a second leg of price trouble begins. And there’s no guarantee that these bear market legs will just number three, following along with the psychological phases of bear markets, as www.Comstockfunds.com calls them, denial, concern and capitulation. In the 1929 to 1932 bear market, I remember reading there were like seven legs down in stock prices. Thus, as I jet off on a quick vacation, be back writing next Monday, I’m reviewing my own managed portfolios to find the best places to cut back my exposure even while only being 40% exposed in one portfolio, only 30% in another and pretty well hedged with inverse sector funds in the other three more actively traded accounts. Please, yourselves, attempt to take a look out six months or a year ahead, over the horizon yourself, a necessary step when managing other people’s monies, and consider the Big Picture. Just say things unfold poorly. What would you do next summer if the economy is finally post terrible stats and corporate profits have plunged? And if your portfolios are then down -50% or more? Are you going to sell then? No. Today we still have time to sell and looking back selling would have been correct strategy if that likely scenario unfolds, wouldn’t you agree. Bottom line, in big bad bear markets it’s better to be safe than sorry. Wait until the next bull market comes along before you starting going for the gold. Oops, hold a little gold here.
Have a great week and a terrific 4th of July!
* Please also, go ahead and overdose on America’s heritage this week, listen to a lot of wonderful July 4th songs and let them infuse you with a renewed sense of patriotism.
06-30-2008 9:55 AM
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