Almost 90 Years Old & The Godfather of Newsletter Writers, Richard Russell writes:
“The central banks of the world are on a mission to keep the world economy going. A great bull market started in 1980. It ended in 2007, a period of 27 years. As such, it was, in duration, the longest bull market in US history. A bear market started in October 2007.”
“Bear markets tend to last from one-half to one-third as long as the preceding bull market. On that basis, the bear market that started in 2007 might be expected to continue for at least nine years (one-third of 27) or until 2016. However, the Central banks, and certainly President Obama, have attempted to halt the bear market and thus continue the prosperity we have enjoyed ever since World War II.
As proof of the Fed’s success, I would expect both the D-J Transportation and Industrial Averages to advance to new highs, thereby signaling that the tide had reversed to bullish (a bull market). According to classic Dow Theory, the primary trend of the market cannot be manipulated. Further, according to classic Dow Theory, the movements of one Average, unconfirmed by the other Average, are useless as guides to direction, and are more than likely to prove deceptive.
Sundry Observations — From what I see, Americans are still spending and partying as if nothing has changed. Here in Southern California, the restaurants are full, and this is especially true of the breakfast places (in my opinion, the height of free-spending is going to a restaurant for an expensive breakfast when you could have had an inexpensive breakfast at home).
Ed Note: 2 Fabulous Articles by the 89 year Old Russell:
Russell began publishing Dow Theory Letters in 1958, and he has been writing the Letters ever since (never once having skipped a Letter). Dow Theory Letters is the oldest service continuously written by one person in the business.
Russell gained wide recognition via a series of over 30 Dow Theory and technical articles that he wrote for Barron’s during the late-’50s through the ’90s. Through Barron’s and via word of mouth, he gained a wide following. Russell was the first (in 1960) to recommend gold stocks. He called the top of the 1949-’66 bull market. And almost to the day he called the bottom of the great 1972-’74 bear market, and the beginning of the great bull market which started in December 1974.
The Letters, published every three weeks, cover the US stock market, foreign markets, bonds, precious metals, commodities, economics –plus Russell’s widely-followed comments and observations and stock market philosophy.
In 1989 Russell took over Julian Snyder’s well-known advisory service, “International Moneyline”, a service which Mr. Synder ran from Switzerland. Then, in 1998 Russell took over the Zweig Forecast from famed market analyst, Martin Zweig. Russell has written articles and been quoted in such publications as Bloomberg magazine, Barron’s, Time, Newsweek, Money Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Reuters, and others. Subscribers to Dow Theory Letters number over 12,000, hailing from all 50 states and dozens of overseas counties.
A native New Yorker (born in 1924) Russell has lived through depressions and booms, through good times and bad, through war and peace. He was educated at Rutgers and received his BA at NYU. Russell flew as a combat bombardier on B-25 Mitchell Bombers with the 12th Air Force during World War II.
One of the favorite features of the Letter is Russell’s daily Primary Trend Index (PTI), which is a proprietary index which has been included in the Letters since 1971. The PTI has been an amazingly accurate and useful guide to the trend of the market, and it often actually differs with Russell’s opinions. But Russell always defers to his PTI. Says Russell, “The PTI is a lot smarter than I am. It’s a great ego-deflator, as far as I’m concerned, and I’ve learned never to fight it.”
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IMPORTANT: As an added plus for subscribers, the latest Primary Trend Index (PTI) figure for the day will be posted on our web site — posting will take place a few hours after the close of the market. Also included will be Russell’s comments and observations on the day’s action along with critical market data. Each subscriber will be issued a private user name and password for entrance to the members area of the website.
Investors Intelligence is the organization that monitors almost ALL market letters and then releases their widely-followed “percentage of bullish or bearish advisory services.” This is what Investors Intelligence says about Richard Russell’s Dow Theory Letters: “Richard Russell is by far the most interesting writer of all the services we get.” Feb. 19, 1999.
Below are two of the most widely read articles published by Dow Theory Letters over the past 40 years. Request for these pieces have been received from dozens of organizations. Click on the titles to read the articles.