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Stocks: Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy

By Kay KimStock MarketsJan 09, 2018 02:03PM ET
Stocks: Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy
By Kay Kim   |  Jan 09, 2018 02:03PM ET
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Warren Buffet Quote
Warren Buffet Quote

Market psychology is a fascinating thing to learn and understand and react upon.

Because market is so good at conditioning us in one way right before turning from us cold-hearted, as you end up crying-feeling like your girl friend cheated on you.

It's always easy to know and learn and tell others to do something, but hardest thing in trading and in life is actually doing it--not knowing or learning; because everyone knows and everyone learns, but only few can apply it and live by it.

So, what is it mean when Mr. Buffet said, 'be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful'?

Well, market is never simple as one statement where you could just take this and fully understand what you need to do.

There are more in what he is saying and it works in fractals of the market.

So, first, we have to understand what context are we going to put this statement into a perspective.

Let's check out the monthly chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average below.

Dow Jones Industrial Average
Dow Jones Industrial Average

Here you can see, we are entering into the highest level of optimism not seen in 50 years.

This is a fascinating thing to watch and be part of, because, man, it only happened once in 50 years and today we are living in a historical event.

But, what you have to understand is, can you really bet on something that only happened once in 50 years as your routine strategy?

It means, if you were betting on this just in the last few months, the statistical probability suggests that you got lucky on your hand on the last card.

It means, the market now has conditioned you to think that this is normal and routine occurrence in which you can profit going forward and base your system out of.

Remember what I said in the beginning of this post, market is good at conditioning us in one way right before turning from us cold hearted.

Well, I hope you don't base your trading system/strategy out of this recent event, because, again, it only happened in 50 years - calculate mathematical probability percentage of that.

So what context are we talking about when it comes to "Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy"?

Are we talking about the next big crash is ahead?

I definitely believe that this is the level NOT to be greedy, but fearful.

I don't believe this is the sign for the market crash, but sign for a corrections.

I am preparing for about 5-7% corrections on S&P 500, about 7-10% on Dow Jones Industrial Average, and 9-12% on the NASDAQ.

I am a long-term options trader and a active investor; I have been accumulating multitude of stocks and options before the election and early summer of last year.

In the last month or so, including this week, I have been very busy unloading many of my positions--mostly the option positions.

This is the phase where many of the bears who lost lot of money in 2016 betting on the 'crash' and sat side-line missing out on this tremendous opportunity in 2017, now converting into a full on bull out of fear-of-missing-out.

This is the phase where many of the skeptical bulls didn't profit much in 2017, so now finally converting into a full on bull to make up for the missed-opportunity.

Market has no mercy for traders and investors who chase, and it will be brutal let me tell you--I am speaking from experience.

2017 has been a great year for many and it was my greatest year in my career, but I think the party is in the last 'boom' phase in the intermediate term.

I am bullish long-term, I believe the market will resume back up after the corrections and continue with it's primary-term uptrend.

But in the intermediate term (3 months or so), I am very cautious and taking necessary actions.

Jon Templeton Quote
Jon Templeton Quote

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