Bill Tatro

What happens when the music stops?  Baseball games usually end after nine innings, basketball and football games normally conclude after four quarters, and in horse racing the dramatic finish occurs as the first horse crosses the finish line. 

If you’re a mountain climber that reaches the summit and then realize that it’s time to go home — unless you’re in the top one-half percent in the country and wait for the helicopter to pick you up — you hike down the other side of the mountain. 

When you go to a restaurant, you enter the establishment, sit down, have a drink, enjoy an appetizer, consume your entrée, treat yourself to desert, pay, get up and leave — unless you own the place.  What all these aforesaid activities have in common is that there is a beginning, a middle, and an end. 

When it comes to the current stock market bubble (some say referring to the current market as a “bubble” is debatable), the majority of participants are calling for “no ending.”  This popular belief seems to suggest that all the various technical and fundamental indicators, including moving averages and Dr. Copper, are all misguided — and that this time around it will definitely be different.    

By studying some of the greatest bull markets of all time, including the 1920s, the 1990s, mid-2000, and right now, the participants all seemed to echo the very same words: “Get on board,” “buying opportunity,” “FOMO.” (Fear of missing out - a new term but an old idea.)  And, of course, the always popular: “A permanently high plateau.” (An old term, but a continuing idea.) 

Yet, just remember that everything, and I mean everything, has a beginning, a middle, and an end — including the term of our current president, thank goodness.  (Unless of course, he…..  Oh well, that’s a completely different conversation.)  Indeed, “everything” definitely includes our current bull market. 

Undoubtedly, everyone wishes their dreams, fantasies, and “bubbles” would last forever.  Unfortunately (or fortunately), that is simply not reality. 

A lot of runs can be scored in the ninth inning, or points scored in the fourth quarter.  But all sports fans know that when the clock runs out, the game is over and it’s time to go home.  So too, can much money be made in the stock market run-off. 


Bill Tatro

Along with his 40-years of dedication in the financial services industry, Bill is the President and CEO of GPSforLife, has authored a highly successful book entitled The One-Hour Survival Guide for the Downsized, acts as editor-in-chief of his dynamic monthly financial newsletter MacroProfit, maintains his very own website at billtatro.com, and faithfully continues his third decade on the radio with It’s All About Money which can be heard Monday through Friday on Money Radio 1510 KFNN (Phoenix, AZ). Bill can be reached via email: gpsforlife@yahoo.com.