One thing that often gets forgotten is that we don’t live in a vacuum. Life in the market is not just about absolute performance, but about how assets behave relative to their peers. The stock market isn’t the biggest game in town, it’s the bond market. But let’s not forget about metals either. When stocks are in bull markets, they’re not just going up as a group, they are also outperforming the alternatives.
Today we’re taking a look at stocks, not just on their own, but relative to the other assets. We know that on their own stocks are making new all-time highs. This is happening all over the world. Stocks in the U.S. aren’t up because of what’s happening in New York or Washington DC. Stocks in the U.S. are up because stocks all over the world are going up, both in developed and emerging markets, despite of what is happening in New York and Washington DC.
Some people have this misconception that stocks are in the later innings of this uptrend. I’ve been arguing, almost religiously, that they are probably much closer to the beginning of the bull market than near the end. So no, this is not the 9th year of a bull market, I think we’re probably early in the second year. [Read more…]