How Large Could the Next Stock Decline Be?

The aging bull market in equities is nearly a decade old, and some analysts have begun to question whether or not stocks have anything more left in the tank. Stocks have shown some signs of weakness in recent trade, and the notion of a long-term top being formed right now is far from a stretch.

Equities have gone a long time without even a 5% drop, and the move higher has been relentless. Needless to say, the current run higher is not likely to go on indefinitely, and stocks could be quickly approaching a major turning point.

Following the financial crises of 2008/2009, stocks saw massive declines and market volatility. It has been a very long time since the last 1000 point down day for the Dow took place. Such trading days could be seen again in the coming months, however, and the market could see significant declines wiping out hundreds of billions in shareholder value in the process.

Former Presidential candidate Ron Paul, for one, believes that the declines could be harsh and could arrive sooner than many realize. In a recent interview with CNBC, Paul was quoted as saying that, “A 50% pullback is conceivable. I don’t believe it’s 10 years off. I don’t believe it’s a year off.”

Paul went on to discuss how he does not believe that President Trump is at fault should such a pullback occur. He went on to state “It’s all man-made. It’s not the fault of Donald Trump in the last week. If the market crashes tomorrow and we have a great depression, he didn’t do it in six months. It took more like six or 10 years to cause all these problems.”

Whatever the case may be, and no matter who or what may be to blame, the chances of a major market crash or reversal seem to be on the rise. Given the age of the bull market, as well as the fact that markets have moved higher on what some would consider to be artificial means (ultra-low rates and QE), you cannot deny that the possibility of a major turning point in stocks is likely to come at some point.

The question is: Will you be prepared this time?

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