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Ten years ago today – March 6, 2009 – the S&P 500 bottomed at the devilish price of 666.79 and began what is now the longest bull market run ever.
For astute investors, it has been an incredible rally, offering gains of 318.4% as of Tuesday's close. For the Nasdaq, it was a whopping 498.7% surge.
That shows the power of long-term thinking in the stock market. Where else can you quadruple or even sextuple your money in a decade?
But all good things do eventually come to an end, and investors must have that in the backs of their minds right now. Investors are increasingly reluctant to pour new cash into the market.
Is the end of the bull market near?
Timing market tops and bottoms is nearly impossible, even for professional money managers, so big money is usually made riding big trends. The problem is that big trends are not always available.
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Investors are carefully watching the trade war negotiations with China, the Brexit deal, Venezuela's collapse, and the Fed's plans for more interest rate hikes. If the uncertainty ends, money could pour back into the market. But we could witness a selling spree if the economy slows down and earnings fall.
Despite the big rally this year to date, the major trend has really been flat and choppy since early 2018.
But that doesn't mean you have to stop making money in the stock market right now.
In fact, the market's ripe for one type of moneymaking strategy…