Last week marked the eighth anniversary of one of the longest bull markets our country has ever experienced.
On March 9, 2009, the S&P 500 bottomed after a quick but brutal bear market. Since that day, the S&P 500 has rallied more than 250%, making it one of the largest and longest bull markets in history.
Since 1940, only one other bull market has lasted longer, and that was the 1990-2000 bull market.
It lasted another year and a half beyond our current bull market.
Take a look at how it stacks up to some of the previous longest and largest bull markets:
The dark blue line is our current bull market, which is currently around 2,000 market days. But the ‘90s bull market lasted about 2,400 market days, roughly a year and a half longer.
Eventually, there will be a bull market that will outlast the ‘90s bull market. It could end up being our current bull market.
After all, it’s just a year and a half away.
Or maybe it will be the next bull market.
Notice I didn’t say last week marked the birthday of the bull market. A birthday assumes it keeps going until it dies, like you and me. But the market never dies, just the relationship — bull or bear — changes.
Thus, anniversary is more accurate.
Just as one bull market will eventually be a record one, all bull markets will turn into bear markets at some point.
For now, it seems there is still some room to run higher … but it doesn’t last forever.
Chad Shoop, CMT
Editor, Automatic Profits Alert
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