The above edited introductory comments are from Harry Dent from an article* by Kevin Chupka (finance.yahoo.com) entitled Dow 6,000: Wild prediction or worthwhile caution?
Chupka goes on to say in further edited excerpts:
Much like the markets he predicts, Harry Dent’s track record has had its ups and downs:
- In the 80s he predicted Japan’s economy would begin to slow and in the 90s he said the Dow would surge to 10,000. Both prognostications were pretty dead on.
- In the first decade of this century he threw out numbers like Dow 40,000 or even just 18,000. Neither materialized.
- In his most recent notes suggest a sadder state of affairs with the Dow plunging. His latest target is 5,500 – 6,000.
Dent uses demographics to make projections. For instance, here in the United states he tends to use 48 year-olds as his bellwether as people tend to spend the most around that time in their lives so, when the number of 48 year-olds wanes, the stock market goes with it. On top of that, he believes the current prosperity in the stock market is a bubble being filled by a stimulative Federal Reserve.
Both those things are conspiring against us Dent believes. “Every bubble has taken [the market] to new highs – the 2000 tech top and the 2007 top…Now we’re saying we’re going to top…in late 2014 at just over 17,000 on the Dow” but that, says Dent, is when the trouble begins. “Every crash has taken us to new lows,” he points out, “so the last crash took us down to 6,442 on the Dow and the next projection would be around late 2016, early 2017 somewhere around 5,500 – 6,000.”
Since the “once in a lifetime” tech bubble Dent says we’ve had a series of “secondary bubbles” noting that a spending spree by the baby boomer generation in the early 2000s led to the inevitable bursting of the credit bubble in 2008. Since then, he notes, “we have an artificial bubble that’s been created totally by government stimulus…If you lay over the Dow in the 90s bubble and the Dow since early 2009 they lay over exactly.”
Dent admits his call is “extreme” but offers this advice whether you believe his call or simply that a significant correction (but not a full scale crash) is on the way:
“You have to get out of stocks. They have bubbled again and when they go down they’re going to go down hard. Get into cash, safe short term bonds…[and if you] buy when things crash…you will have made tons of money by buying stuff at 50, 60, 70 cents off as people did in the early 30’s and mid 70’s.”
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