It’s finally happening. The crash season is upon us. And it is only going to get worse.
This warning comes from world-renowned economist Harry Dent, and we need to pay attention. He is renowned for his astounding accuracy; having pinpointed nearly every major economic crash over the past 30 years… including the 1991 recession, Japan’s lost decade, the 2001 tech crash, the bull market and housing boom of the last decade and, most recently, the impending demise of China and the fracking industry.
We saw the early signs recently with leading stocks getting the carpet swept out right from underneath them.
China’s stocks are right where they were when its bubble burst 35% into July. UK stocks are in a correction. The DAX is in a correction. And the S&P 500 hasn’t busted quite as much – yet – but it’s dipped below that important level of 2,000 at the bottom of the S&P 500 Channel going back to late 2011.
That strongly suggests the market has topped and the great crash is in motion. It must be grating on the psyche of any investor who’s dared to stay in stocks this long.
So where do we go from here?
Like our economy, there is clear seasonality when it comes to stocks. Trends flesh out overtime. It’s not random. From that data, you can get a picture of what the next few months might look like.
It’s a well-known fact that September tends to be the worst month of the year. This goes all the way back to 1928. It’s the worst month by far. Take a look:
The strongest months are July at a 1.5% average gain, with December, April, and January following in that order. The worst performing months are September, May, and February.
One simple reason stocks get slaughtered in September is taxes. Money managers look at their portfolios and scrap the losers to write those losses off to offset the taxes they’d pay on other gains.
But this monthly breakdown masks the fact that such annual downturns often start in mid-to-late August and bottom in early-to-mid October. September carries most of the weight, but those months look better than they actually are.
And remember – this is just averages.
In the years when we get larger corrections and crashes – which we can expect to see during these last drama-spilling months of 2015 and into next year – the odds are much worse. The crash period between mid-August to mid-October tends to be much more extreme.
1987 was a classic example of this. The market topped on August 25, had a minor correction into September 8, a minor bounce into October 2, then crashed 34% in less than three weeks. It bottomed October 20.
These moves can happen in a flash. The biggest part of that crash happened in just one week: down 31% from October 13 to 20. Black Monday, October 19, saw 20% in one day!
Overall, the Dow crashed 41%. Dent emphasizes that this is not a concern to simply shrug off and pass onto future generations– he warns: “this global phenomenon has already begun.”
Take a look at this table. It shows when major corrections have occurred during the crash season. Note the largest string of crashes in the last economic winter season between 1929 and 1932.
The sharper crashes typically fall between July and October. Sometimes a larger crash will extend into the end of the year. 1929’s chaotic meltdown extended into November. 1930’s didn’t stop until December. Bigger bubbles need longer to let the air out!
This crash looks imminent. Now more than ever, we saw a top on May 20. Since then we’ve seen a “rounding top” much like we saw into August of 2008 before that crash got nasty. How fitting. The only reason this bubble exists is because we fought off that last one with free money.
Dent says those who prepare and position themselves beforehand could have the opportunity to earn millions through specific “decline-related” investments year after year, over the next decade as well as maximize the next long-term “boom cycle,” which he predicts will begin between early 2020 and late 2022.
The controversial video, initially released to a private audience, has gone viral as hundreds of thousands are seeing new evidence for a looming economic crisis, and are heeding Harry Dent’s advice to survive and prosper. You can access his full analysis, free of charge, on his website, right here…