Acapulco - The Stock Market Dives
There is a famous cliff on the ocean in Acapulco where experienced divers jump into the sea. It is very dangerous because the water at the base of the cliff surges from a depth of 2 feet to 12 feet. The diver must time his leap so the water is at the greatest depth when he enters or he could easily be killed as many novices before him have been. Timing is the key.
This reminds me of the stock market where timing is also the key to wealth or poverty.
People ask why did the stock market go up (down) today? These short moves can usually be laid to some recent event. Then there are longer surges and regressions of months or a few years. We have bull markets and bear markets that seem to have historical cycles that last decades. These latter cycles run for about 16 to 18 years and move similar to the surges of the sea against the Acapulco cliff. A knowledgeable market timer will buy when the water is out (stocks look their worst) and hit the ocean (sell) as the surge is at its highest.
The ability to do this is NOT guess work. It is an understanding that cycles apply equally as well to the stock market as they do to the forces of Nature. Unfortunately, the principles to learn this very simple technique are not taught in college. Most must learn the method in the school of hard knocks. It can be very expensive.
You must learn entry and exit of the stock market just as the divers in Acapulco have learned the correct moment to jump off the cliff.