The Dow's sudden 5% plunge over the last week has investors on edge about whether this is the start of a 2018 stock market crash.
And for good reason.
Investors know the market is cyclical. It doesn't stay down for long, but it doesn't stay up forever. And we've been on one incredible run of good fortune.
This bull market became the longest on record back in August, the Dow shattered its record high just last week (Oct. 3), and unemployment dropped below 4% for the first time in a decade.
But too much of a good thing can be dangerous, and trouble has been brewing on the horizon.
A growing trade war with China is threatening economic growth, the Fed is hiking interest rates, and stock valuations are near record levels. The S&P 500's CAPE ratio is higher than before the 1929 stock market crash and the 2008 financial crisis.
These could be signs we're reaching a tipping point, when this historic bull market runs out of steam.
Urgent: This catastrophe could bring the U.S. economy to its knees – and make the Great Recession seem like a day at the beach. Read more…
But what we're witnessing isn't a stock market crash. Not just yet anyway. Even with the recent plunge, stocks are still short of market correction territory, which is a dip of at least 10%.
This is just the calm before the storm…
One investing expert predicts 2018 will be the year of the greatest economic crisis of the century.
Jobs will suffer, the housing market will spiral downward, and millions of American seniors will face bankruptcy.
The average stock traded on Wall Street is poised to plunge by at least half during the coming 2018 stock market crash.
But it's not too late to protect yourself and your money…