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We're in a Bunny Market

Since the end of 2014, there has been plenty of movement in the stock market, but the S&P 500 hasn’t really gone anywhere. (Chart below and commentary courtesy of Ben Carlson of Wealth of Common Sense Blog)

These periods can be very frustrating for investors because most people tend to think in terms of being bullish or bearish. They’re constantly looking for the end of the bull market or the resumption of the uptrend that started in 2009. A market that goes nowhere basically leaves no one happy.

When nothing is happening in the markets people tend to try to make something happen on their own. The problem most don’t realize is that trying harder in the markets tends to leave you worse off, not better. Patience is always a virtue in the markets, but maybe more so during a bunny market. You can’t force things.

I hope the term ‘bunny market’ sticks if for no other reason than we get to hear pundits debate whether they’re a bull, a bear, or a bunny (it’s also just in time for Easter this weekend).

Interesting tidbits

The pencil industry is suffering a shortage thanks to the popularity of adult colouring in books. The craze is sweeping the world as grown-ups seek to switch off their electronic devices to de-stress. But pencil manufacturers can't keep up with growing demand as colouring fans want to use only the best. The globe's largest pencil manufacturer, Faber Castell, already has put on extra shifts in a bid to cope with demand.

Did you know? When buttons came in, about 1650, people couldn't get enough of them and arrayed them in decorative profusion on the back and collars and sleeves of coats, where they didn't actually do anything. One relic of this is the short row of pointless buttons that are still placed on the underside of jacket sleeves near the cuff. These have always been purely decorative and have never had a purpose, yet 350 years on we continue to attach them as if they are the most earnest necessity.

The Cinderella Principle

“Everyone thinks life is one upward, smooth trajectory. They think of Cinderella in her big castle and forget that she spent decades scrubbing floors, being beaten, and locked in a cold room. Between ‘Once upon a time’ and ‘Happily ever after’ a lot happens. Not all of it is good.”
- Joshua Kennon

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