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Fundranker Blog—June 2010 Archive

Bull vs. Bear

Through June 29, the S&P 500 Index (as measured by Fidelity’s Spartan 500 Index - Investor Class Fund), the Nasdaq Composite Index (as measured by Fidelity’s Nasdaq Composite Index Fund), and Fundranker’s Top Eight Model Portfolio fell 14.1%, 15.5%, and 17.7%, respectively, from bull market highs they reached on April 23. That put them way into correction territory, generally defined as a 10% decline from bull market highs, and much closer to bear market territory, generally defined as a 20% decline from bull market highs, than any of us would like.

Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winning economist and NY Times columnist, wrote recently that he fears we are heading into a third depression, which he says primarily will be a failure of policy. Governments around the world seem overly concerned with inflation, when he says the real problem is deflation, and they are preaching the need for austerity when the real problem is inadequate spending to make sure we emerge completely from the Great Recession.

So what does our current situation mean for our economy and markets? Will the bull market that started in March, 2009, with the beginning of recovery from the Great Recession be able to overcome this correction, or will it turn into a bear market? Will private business be able to take over the spending necessary to keep the world economy expanding when governments begin curtailing their stimulus spending?

We’re convinced here at Fidelity Select Fundranker that our system of regularly moving into better performing Fidelity Select funds will stand us in good stead however the market reacts to future events. It’s unlikely that we’ll see markets react again like they did when world financial systems nearly collapsed in 2007 and 2008; there almost always will be at least a few sectors that perform well, and Fundranker will find them.

Posted 6/30/10 11:54am ET in Economy, Fundranker, Market | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fundranker in the Black

Through June 11, 2010, Fundranker’s Top Eight Model Portfolio gained 1.1% YTD, while the Nasdaq Composite Index (as measured by Fidelity’s Nasdaq Composite Index Fund) and the S&P 500 Index (as measured by Fidelity’s Spartan 500 Index - Investor Class Fund) remained in negative territory with losses of 0.8% and 1.3% YTD, respectively.

Posted 6/12/10 7:46pm ET in Fundranker, Market | Permalink | Comments (0)

Correction Lingers

The S&P 500 Index (as measured by Fidelity’s Spartan 500 Index - Investor Class Fund), the Nasdaq Composite Index (as measured by Fidelity’s Nasdaq Composite Index Fund), and Fundranker’s Top Eight Model Portfolio remained in correction as of June 9, with losses of 13.0%, 14.6%, and 15.0%, respectively, from their April 23 bull market highs. In the first seven trading days of June, they lost 3.0%, 4.3%, and 5.4%, respectively, to add to correction woes that began in the last week of April and continued through May.

Contrarians still call for a short-term rally, however, because investor sentiment has turned down so dramatically. Mark Hulbert pointed out in a recent article that, as of June 8, the market was at about the same place it was during the last correction in January and February. At that time, the Hulbert Stock Newsletter Sentiment Index stood at 20.3%, meaning that market-timing newsletters in the Index recommended that their subscribers put 20.3% of their portfolios in stocks, on average. As of June 8, however, the HSNSI stood at negative 8.8%, meaning that newsletters in the Index recommended that their subscribers short the market with 8.8% of their portfolios. That’s quite a change in sentiment.

Contrarians contend that bull markets like to climb a “wall of worry.” This morning, June 10, the market is up over 2%. Perhaps they are right.

Posted 6/10/10 11:49am ET in Fundranker, Market | Permalink | Comments (0)