Stocks & Commodities V. 25:4 (18-24): The Missing Cycle by Martha Stokes
If you think cycles are all about identifying turning points so you can buy at the low and sell at the high, think again. Here’s really what to pay attention to.
In the year 2002, predictions of a major economic deflationary period and massive unemployment, followed by a great depression, were featured news items. The predictions were based on popular wave, cycle, and economic theories. Despite the pessimistic mood of the day, the stock market hit bottom in 2002 and started the uptrend that remains intact today.
In 2000, the Y2K calamity was supposed to topple world governments and destroy civilization. In 1995, 1991, 1987, 1984, 1979, and 1972, terrible worldwide
calamities followed by a worldwide depression were predicted based upon known and documented cycle theory.
THE NATURE OF CYCLES
Why the inaccuracies, you ask? To answer that question it is necessary to understand the nature of cycles. Cycle theory for stock markets and economies is relatively young. It began in the mid-1930s, when cycle theorists began to see a correlation between cycles found in nature, the environment, climate, human population, and the stock market. The first theories relating to the stock market–based cycles on the presumption that natural events such as corn production were the primary cycles that caused the
stock market to rise and fall. But as cycle theory developed, it became evident that more than the cycles of nature were causing changes in the stock market. Climate was studied, population cycles were studied, and finally fiscal monetary policy was studied. The business cycle theory became highly publicized
and is still used today to explain the phenomenon of the ups and downs of the stock market (Figure 1).