At the moment, emerging markets are in deep trouble, and what is happening in Ukraine didn’t help. Nevertheless, the CEOs of several major brokerage firms have urged investors to “go long” emerging markets because they are so “cheap.” Once again, these well-educated salesmen are wrong. Emerging markets will recover one day, but not soon. Urging investors to buy on the dip is disgraceful.
Sit and wait?
If we are in the mini-mania stage of the bull market, the market will continue to go higher based on rumors, hope, and greed. Sitting on the sidelines and waiting for the bull market to top out takes tremendous discipline. Trying to capture that final 5% can be costly if you get the timing wrong (and most people do). Be prepared for increased volatility as we get closer to the end.
Of course, it’s not easy to sit on the sidelines when everyone else seems to be making money. Although many investors are dreaming of another 30% return this year, the odds are good that it will be a difficult year. Yes, during a mania stage anything is possible, but with each passing week, the clock is ticking.
Those who have studied market history have seen this story before, and the ending is always the same. No matter how many warnings you give, no many how you urge people to avoid buying the speculative Go-Go stocks and move to the sidelines, few listen until it is too late.