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Don't Feel Too Good About the Stock Market Now

I'm starting to hear investors expressing confidence again about the stock market. And why shouldn't they? I just did a calculation that shows a balanced 60 percent equities and 40% bond portfolio, rebalanced annually, is now above the 2007 close.

Don't want to come off like that old saying "A corpse at every wedding and a bride at every funeral," but feeling good about the stock market, now that it's rallied, is as irrational and predictable as it was having that sick feeling in March of 2009, when it was plummeting to the center of the Earth. We all can appreciate the logic of it being better to buy something on a half off sale than when prices have doubled. Unfortunately, the irrationality of our human nature causes us to consistently ignore this logic.

I don't mean to brag, but I'm among the few who are willing to admit that they haven't got a clue as to what the stock market will do over the next few months. But I do know something much more important - that sticking to an asset allocation target and rebalancing works. Doing so makes you a true contrarian in a world in which human investors are herd animals.

So I hate to rain on your parade, but stop feeling good about the market. Stick to a rebalancing strategy and consider selling some of your equities now. Don't let our short memories lead us to repeat the mistakes of only two years ago.

Disclosure
The author clearly acknowledges he is a hypocrite as he does feel much better about the market today than he did on March 9, 2009. I am, however, practicing what I preach.
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