Ahead of the Curve provides you with analysis and insight into today's global financial markets. The latest news and views from global stock, bond, commodity and FOREX markets are discussed. Rajveer Rawlin received his MBA in finance from the Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK. He is an avid market watcher having followed capital markets in the US and India since 1993. His research interests includes areas of Capital Markets, Banking, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management and has over 20 years of experience in the above areas covering the US and Indian Markets. He has several publications in the above areas. The views expressed here are his own and should not be construed as advice to buy or sell securities.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Long and Short Stock Market Cycles Indicating a Major Market Top?

Aside from over valuation and technical break downs a major stock market top appears overdue in 2016 from the convergence of long term market cycles. Have a look at the long term 21 year stock market cycle (#stkmktcyl) that is scheduled to conclude in 2016 highlighted in silverdoctors.com:
In addition shorter 7 year market cycles are also scheduled to resolve in 2016. The chart below from silverdoctors.com shows a broadening top #megaphone pattern in the S and P 500 with the S and P at the top of the pattern.With short and long market cycles both resolving in 2016, a topping process globally in risk assets is likely in the next few months with the S and P eventually migrating to the lower line of the pattern below the 650 mark:


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