Podcast: It’s a bull market

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It’s a bull market

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I was chatting with some friends from around the world about markets. I say it’s a bull market, especially locally. They all had a dozen different, and solid, reasons why I was wrong. But they miss one very important point – price.

The simple truth is that markets the world over are at all-time highs and heading higher. We can kick and scream all we want, but price is the truth and the price is heading higher.

Deciding that it is all crazy and heading to cash, or worse taking short positions is a fool’s game.

Sure one day the market will peak and somebody will have that Tweet where they called it. But that’s not because they’re super smart, but because if you call something often enough eventually you’ll be right.

Bull markets never feel 100% comfortable, that’s the nature of the best. There is always a reason to be sceptical, that’s the nature of the beast. But stop stressing and enjoy the ride, that’s what bulls are for.


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