Some Historical Bear Market Perspective

10/16/2008 1:21 pm EST

Focus: STRATEGIES

Brian Shannon, CMT

President, AlphaTrends.net

Dow Jones October 1929

Over a 23-day period, the Dow lost 49% of its value, but that was just the start of the bear market during which the Dow would eventually lose 89% of its value (386.10 to 40.56). How many people do you think called the October 1929 low of 195 "the bottom" only to get decimated by the continued weakness over the next three years?

We remain in a bear market and all rallies should be treated as guilty until proven innocent, meaning you need to maintain a super strong defense. The trading idea for today: Do not be too quick to call any low "the bottom." There are serious flaws in our economic system, and a lot of closets with ugly contents are still being opened.

Dow Jones 1929-1933

Notice how insignificant October 1929 becomes when viewed on a larger timeframe.

Dow Jones October 1987

S&P 500 (SPY) 2000-2003

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