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Investors Beware: This Indicator Says a Stock Market Crash Is Likely Ahead Lombardi Letter 2019-04-26 09:52:33 stock market crash stock market yield curve investing Key stock indices are flirting with their all-time highs right now, but investors shouldn’t get complacent. A stock market crash could be brewing. Analysis and Predictions,Stock Market Crash https://www.lombardiletter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/A-Stock-Market-Crash-Is-Likely-Ahead-and-Investors-Should-Be-Careful-150x150.jpg

Investors Beware: This Indicator Says a Stock Market Crash Is Likely Ahead

A Stock Market Crash Is Likely Ahead and Investors Should Be Careful

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Why a Stock Market Crash Could Be Ahead

Currently, key stock indices are making big moves to the upside. They are flirting with their all-time highs. But could there be a stock market crash?

Before going into any details, just look at the chart below. It plots the S&P 500.

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In late 2018, we saw a stock market crash-like scenario play out. S&P 500 dropped nearly 20% from its highs. Since the beginning of 2019, it has recovered from the lows. It’s back to where it was in late September 2018. It’s like nothing happened.

Chart courtesy of StockCharts.com

Don’t Get Too Complacent

Here’s the thing; the price action on key stock indices may give investors the idea that everything is back to normal. It can’t be stressed enough; don’t get complacent. The upside may be very limited while the downside could be huge.

Remember. always focus on the big picture rather than getting bogged down in the short term.

You see, the stock market soars as earnings get better.

Is there any hope for earnings to get better in 2019, 2020, and beyond? In 2017 and 2018, American companies were able to report solid earnings mainly due to the tax cuts.

Going forward, it’s really hard to see earnings improve.

We are currently seeing troubling data out of the U.S. economy. It is becoming very evident that a slowdown could be ahead.

For instance, look at the yield curve. It is hands down one of the most powerful indicators for the U.S. economy. It has predicted the last two recessions precisely. And it’s warning us again.

Look at the chart below. It plots the yield curve.

Whenever the yield curve reaches negative territory, it’s a sign that a recession is ahead. Right now, the yield curve is standing awfully close to zero.

Chart courtesy of StockCharts.com

In 2001 and 2007, the yield curve dropped below zero. A recession followed a few quarters later.

What do you think will happen if a recession follows now? Companies will have a hard time showing solid earnings and their stock price could suffer.

There’s One More Thing…

Dear reader, in the yield curve chart above, I have also plotted the performance of the stock market (just below the yield curve).

See something interesting there? Look closely.

In 2000, as soon as the yield curve crossed zero, we saw a major top form on the S&P 500. A stock market crash followed a few months after.

Something similar happened just before 2007. A major top started to develop as the yield curve was reaching negative territory.

Right now, the yield curve is near zero. In fact, a few weeks ago, it turned negative. The trend suggests it could get worse. So one has to wonder if we are really seeing a major top form on the key stock indices.

If we are in the midst of building a major top, then a stock market crash could be just ahead.

I will end with this: It’s time to pause and reflect. Long-term investors take note; stock markets have been good over the past few years. The next few years may not be as good. A stock market crash happening sooner than later seems a real possibility. Be careful, not complacent.

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