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The Illusion of the ‘Near’


By G. R. Harrison (2014)


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As usual (and to be expected in a such a negative-news environment), most of the public expect calamity.

The more experienced few see a Bull Market like that of the 1990’s taking place in front of our eyes.

As those of you who have followed my posts over the last year or so know, I’ve been voting on the latter scenario for quite some time.

Most cannot see it and have been blinded by their emotions.

Let’s look at the facts, instead . . .

Two important and required parts for a Stock Market Boom are already in place.

  • The majority of the public is out of the stock market; content to be watching & waiting for disaster to befall the Rich that are in the stock market heavily. They will be brought back into the markets when the ‘smart’ money is ready to sell off their vast inventories.
  • War drums and a ‘weak’ economy (as perceived by the public trader again) seem to offer a reason for caution and even danger to the small investor.

But, of course, like all the other times in market History, these ‘reasons’ end up not being reasons at all and only serve to keep millions from participating in the early and most profitable stage of a Bull Market.


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The problem is also attributable to a Human perception flaw.

Human Beings tend to exaggerate the importance of objects (or in this case prices) that are nearest to them in Space and Time.

We’re right Here; Now and ‘Near’ to today’s price action as well as the last week’s. It looms large on our screens that are easily available and staring at us as charts on websites and the media.

Because we’re so ‘Near’, every price movement and swing seems exaggerated and important especially when combined with news designed to swing our emotions.

As far as TIME is concerned, it’s like we’re looking through a magnifying glass at a tiny portion of the ‘whole market’ and making judgments based on what we ‘see’. Therefore, it becomes plain that we’re not viewing the market accurately by limiting ourselves to only a portion of the total Time of a price movement.

Observe the two charts for the NASDAQ 100 shown above.

As you can see, the ‘Near’ chart (the first one on this page with the shortest time-frame) ‘looks’ like the beginnings of a Crash or at least, seems to show a very weak market.

However, by looking at the second and much longer term chart, I hope you’ll see that, for the very same Nasdaq 100 market going back YEARS instead of days, we find that today’s ‘Near-term’ charts are only reflecting normal fluctuations and will fit nicely into the second chart’s green rectangle containing all the price action for the last 5-YEARS.

The Market will eventually react and come down again, but, we need to judge that moment (and the warning that it’s coming) by a more distant template than just today’s ‘Near-term’ magnifying glass!

This stepping back is necessary in order not to be scared out of markets or pushed into others prematurely. Please consider it as one of your tools for evaluation.

This same process applies to other markets (excepting commodities because of their annual seasonal nature). – GR HARRISON


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