Were you surprised how quickly Markets digested the risk of Russia and the Ukraine?
It's not the news ... it's what markets do after the news hits. In Bear Markets, markets are looking for excuses to pull-back and take risk off the table. In Bull Markets, things can advance, even with uncertainty.
The New York Stock Exchange publishes end-of-month data for margin debt. Historically, surging peaks of margin debt often happen before big market pull-backs.
The chart, below, shows the relationship between margin debt and the market (using the S&P 500 as the proxy for the market). Even adjusted for inflation, the latest data puts margin debt as at an all-time high.
via Doug Short.
Victor Sperandeo advised speculators to ride the false train of hope as far as possible and jump off just before it falls into the abyss.