Over recent months I have written about my belief that the next risk investors will likely face is a Price Correction. For readers who have read my book Protecting The Pig: How Stock Market Trends Reveal the Way to Grow and Preserve Your Wealth, please refer to Chapter 5 for a quick refresher.

For those readers who have not read my book, I want to illustrate what this type of risk looks like from a historical perspective. Please refer to the chart below of the current pattern of the rising trend in the S&P 500 Index (S&P) for the eighteen months ending August 12, 2021. According to the BLUE LINE INVESTING® process, the ideal rising trend pattern is illustrated below: price trends above the Green Line; the Green Line above the Purple Line; and the Purple Line above the Blue Line. I believe this is a very healthy trend for all investors – regardless of age or personal circumstances.


Chart courtesy of StockCharts.com


Next, let’s go back in history and see what Price Corrections have looked like in the past. For illustrative purposes I will use the eighteen-month period ending December 31, 1997. Please see below.


Chart courtesy of StockCharts.com


In the chart above you can see the relatively same pattern that took place during a rising trend in 1996 and 1997. But in both the early and later part of 1997, price corrections occurred in the S&P amounting to approximately 10% in “losses.” Price corrected to the Blue Line before bouncing off and eventually rising higher. I have highlighted these two occurrences with the orange-colored boxes in the chart above. So, what do I believe are the two key takeaways from what I am showing you?

First, I believe at some point in the future price is going to correct to the Blue Line once again. If it were to do so in the coming weeks or months, it would also equate to approximately 10% in “losses” (please refer to the orange-colored box on the first chart in the upper right-hand corner).

Second, if this happens, I believe it could provide new investors, or those who have added money to their accounts in recent months, an attractive opportunity to buy in at what I consider to be a potential “buying opportunity.” Based on other indicators not shown in the charts above, I believe this type of price correction would likely be short-term and temporary in nature.

Thank you for reading and please feel free to share this article with anyone you believe may find it beneficial.


Jeff Link



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