IBD Calls This Market “Riskier Than A Bear,” They are Wrong…

by Options Sensei |

On Friday morning, IBD released a story that calls this market “Riskier Than A Bear.”

Specifically, they say:

“Choppy markets are the most dangerous environment for growth investors. In a clear market uptrend, most stocks are going to rise. In a correction or bear market, investors can simply step to the side until conditions improve. But in a volatile sideways market, there are plenty of top stocks that look promising. There will be days (or intradays) when the major indexes are running and top stocks are flashing buy signals. But that means investors are going to be prone to buying near (very short-term) tops. Even if the overall trend is sideways, there’s a strong chance that new buys will be underwater.”

I agree with the explanation about the market conditions…

However, saying that the market is dangerous because you can’t just buy stocks and let them sit passively and appreciate is like saying scuba diving in the Keys is dangerous because there are sharks.

It’s silly…

Yes, if you are diving in the Keys you need to keep your attention on what is happening around you, but calling it dangerous is just misleading and inflammatory.

If you read my article on Saturday you know that I am expecting a steep market sell-off and that I believe it would be healthy. That doesn’t mean I am calling for a bear market, and timing in this market is treacherous

Once again, I find myself looking back at the John Maynard Keyes quote, “The market can remain irrational longer than you can stay solvent.” 

We need to be active and nimble.  We need to be able to enter positions and exit them quickly.

We can’t look at this market as a buy and hold opportunity… but the market is not inherently “dangerous.”

Flexibility in your approach, eyes on the market, and downside protection are keys to winning.

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