To the casual observer, Tuesday might have seemed like a calm day for the stock market. Market participants watched as major indexes stayed close to unchanged throughout most of the day. In the end, the pessimists took the day, with the…
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Lurking below the surface of this quiet day on Wall Street, however, were concerns about some of the hottest areas of the market. Calls of a stock market bubble have gotten a lot more common, and even some of Wall Street’s finest are starting to look for reversals of fortune for favored stocks. Below, we’ll look more closely at why some people are predicting that a bubble could burst — and what you should do to end up ahead no matter what happens.
Blowing bubbles on Wall Street
You can always find someone willing to say that we’re in a stock market bubble. It’s a common retort for investors who can’t understand why a certain stock is doing as well as it is, and it doesn’t always have a strong basis in fact.
Lately, though, calls of a bubble have gotten louder. For many, the catalyst was the rampant bull market in late 2020, which defied the dire economic conditions during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic and instead sent stocks inexorably higher. That apparent disconnect made many question whether markets truly reflect the health of the broader economy.
Now, major investment companies are getting in on the act. Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) earlier this week stopped short of saying that the entire market is in a bubble, despite pointing out that common metrics like earnings and book value multiples are near the high end of historical ranges. However, Goldman did point to more than three dozen stocks it cited as being potentially “frothy.” Those bubble stocks included:
- Popular software-as-a-service companies like Snowflake (NYSE:SNOW), CrowdStrike Holdings (NASDAQ:CRWD), and Coupa Software (NASDAQ:COUP).
- Rising healthcare specialists like biotech CRISPR Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRSP) and cancer diagnostics specialist Guardant Health (NASDAQ:GH).
- Fintech plays MarketAxess Holdings (NASDAQ:MKTX) and Futu Holdings (NASDAQ:FUTU).
Again, Goldman didn’t say these stocks would crash right away. But it suggested that returns could be lower than normal over the next 12 months.
How to get through a stock market bubble
Goldman’s disclaimers suggest the right course of action for fighting against the possibility of a stock market bubble. The key is ensuring that you have a long-term mindset rather than one that’s driven by short-term movements. For many, that could require some adjustments in philosophy.
The first step is to make sure that the stocks in your portfolio are there because you have confidence in their long-term business prospects. It’s easy to get caught up in…
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