Super Boom: Why the Dow Jones Will Hit 38,820 and How You Can Profit From It

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In 1976, Yale Hirsch predicted a fifteen-year super boom—amove in the stock market of 500% or more. His forecast provedaccurate as the market rose and continued upward, eventuallyposting growth over 1,000% just before the tech crash in 2000.

History has a way of repeating itself, especially in thefinancial markets. The American economy, and subsequently the worldeconomy, has always existed in a cycle of boom and bust: gold,grain, oil, technology, and most recently, real estate, ...

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In 1976, Yale Hirsch predicted a fifteen-year super boom—amove in the stock market of 500% or more. His forecast provedaccurate as the market rose and continued upward, eventuallyposting growth over 1,000% just before the tech crash in 2000.

History has a way of repeating itself, especially in thefinancial markets. The American economy, and subsequently the worldeconomy, has always existed in a cycle of boom and bust: gold,grain, oil, technology, and most recently, real estate, have allbubbled and popped. The key to investing profitably is spottingmacroeconomic historical trends and positioning to reap thebenefits.

In Super Boom, Jeffrey Hirsch, President of the HirschOrganization and Editor in Chief of the Stock Trader's Almanac,unveils the next market expansion. Building on his father'sresearch from 1976, Hirsch has discovered that meteoric rises instock indices are due to specific catalysts predominantly outsideof the financial markets. Step-by-step, Hirsch puts together thepieces of this puzzle by revealing the central drivers of a superboom, namely:

  • Inflation—while it may be at bay for the time being, themassive injection of money by the government, in response to theglobal financial crisis and the Great Recession, as well as wartimespending, will eventually create an inflationary environment
  • Peace between major wars—despite continuing violence inIraq and Afghanistan, U.S. troop withdrawals remain on schedule,and military presence in these countries will be winding down overthe next several years
  • New enabling technologies—while no one can say for surewhere the next cultural paradigm-shifting technologies will comefrom, energy technology and/or biotechnology could lead the way

As markets and economies struggle over the next several years,remember to keep your eye on the future and get ready for thecoming super boom and the next 500% move in the market. With thisbook as your guide, you'll benefit from the insights that onlyJeffrey Hirsch can provide and be in the best position possible toprosper from the profitable opportunities that lie ahead.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118024706
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 183
  • Sales rank: 1,537,405
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey A. Hirsch is the President of the Hirsch Organization and Editor in Chief of the Stock Trader's Almanac. He worked with founder Yale Hirsch for fifteen years, taking over in 2001. He appears frequently on CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business, and many other national and international media outlets to discuss market cycles, seasonality, trading patterns, predictions, and historical trends. Hirsch also edits the firm's digital toolkit, Almanac Investor, a subscription-based product including investor alerts, market data, and research tools.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

PART I Anatomy of a Super Boom

CHAPTER 1 The Boom Equation 3

The math behind the move

CHAPTER 2 A Strangled Economy 15

From slump to powerhouse

PART II The Fortune Tellers

CHAPTER 3 The History of Ignorance and the Ignorance ofHistory 37

Dow 36,000 and the dangers of erroneous assumptions

CHAPTER 4 An Argument against Financial Calamity 49

The best case for and against all hell breaking loose

CHAPTER 5 Yale Hirsch and the 500 Percent Move 57

Discovering the boom pattern

PART III Booms and Busts of the Twentieth Century

CHAPTER 6 Panics, World War I, and the Roaring Twenties81

From the Rich Man's Panic to the first recorded superboom

CHAPTER 7 Depression, World War II, and the Baby Boom87

The greatest generation births a boom

CHAPTER 8 Vietnam, Stagflation, and the InformationRevolution 95

The greatest boom ever: bigger, faster, longer,higher

PART IV The Prodigal Pattern Returns

CHAPTER 9 Inflation 111

The history and impact of the Consumer Price Index

CHAPTER 10 Investment Ideas and Strategies 129

How to profit now and during a super boom

APPENDIX A Yale Hirsch's 1977 Stock Picks 149

APPENDIX B 1977 Smart Money Newsletter Reprinted161

Key Terms 171

About the Author 175

Index 177

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Interviews & Essays

Q&A with Jeffrey Hirsch Author of Super Boom: Why the Dow Jones Will Hit 38,820 and How You Can Profit From It

Q: How will I know when the next Super Boom has begun?

A: The precise date is not known, however there are several signs to watch for: a quick rise in inflation followed by a moderation in inflation, the end of the war in Afghanistan and the presence U.S. combat troops on the ground overseas, a new paradigm shifting technology is gaining in popularity, and commodities begin to cool.

Q: What happens between now and 2017 or when the boom begins?

A: I expect the market to trade in a range of Dow 7,000 to 14,000, suffering a bear market or two or three. This will provide investors ample opportunity to accumulate shares at low valuations, putting their portfolios in position for massive profits from 2017 to 2025 and beyond.

Q: Is this pattern a new discovery?

A: No. Yale Hirsch first observed the pattern in the 1970's. It enabled him to make his bull's-eye forecast in 1976 for the last boom

Q: Is now the right time to be buying stocks ahead of the coming Super Boom?

A: The best time to buy would be when the DJIA is below 10,000 or an official bear market has been declared by the media.

Q: So a stock Super Boom is coming. Should I dump all other asset classes and put everything into the stock market?

A: No, you should not dump everything and move entirely to stocks. Maintain a diversified approach to long-term investing. Lighten up on under performing assets and increase exposure to stocks.

Q: I have read other books making similar grandiose bullish claims, why is yours any different?

A: Unlike previous forecasts, mine is based upon three previous occurrences. There is no new modeling or valuation theory that needs to be explained or understood. My forecast is based upon the effects of war, inflation and technological innovation on stock markets. All of this is happening now and it has happened before.

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Reading Group Guide

10 Ways You Can Invest Now to Profit from the Coming Super Boom

By Jeffrey Hirsch,
Stock Traders Almanac Editor-In Chief and author of Super Boom: Why the Dow Jones Will Hit 38,820 and How You Can Profit From It
My long term forecast for the stock market is for a 500% move from the March 2009 low to Dow 38,820 by the year 2025. A time of relative global peace with a reduced U.S. combat military presence overseas, accompanied by increased inflation and new paradigm-shifting technological breakthroughs will conspire to drive stock market to new heights 10, 15, 20 years down the road. However, the bulk of this historic leap in stock prices is not projected to commence for another 6 or 7 years when the next secular bull market gets underway.

The key to profiting from this massive bull market rally is preparing yourself now and over the next several years while the market continues to move sideways, so that you're not chasing the rally, but rather in perfect position to ride the wave of growth and gains all the way to the top. Being right about this future move will be one thing, but making money during it is all that really matters. Below are my top ten tips for profiting from the next boom:

1. Buy Stocks Below Dow 10,000. The psychological line in the sand for the market since the year 2000 has been Dow 10,000. When the most widely followed stock benchmark in the world is below this key level, it is an indication that stocks are relatively undervalued and investors are fearful. Be contrary to the crowd and buy stocks when prices are low and the masses have already been selling.

2. Load Up On Stocks During Bear Market. Also be contrary and buy stocks once a bear market is in progress. Whenever a bear market is declared in the media over the next several years, pull up the truck and load up on stocks. By the time a bear market becomes official stocks will have already sold off to undervalued levels. When fear and selling reach extreme levels that is the best time to buy stocks.

3. Stocks That Consistently Increase Dividends. These are the stalwarts of industry that have proven they can continue to grow and earn money year after year. These companies hold up well in flat and down markets and pay you cash dividends to wait for the big move. Companies that increase dividends every year have what it takes to succeed now and in the future.

4. Alternative Energy. Solar, wind, nuclear, and bio-fuel usage is on the rise. Technological advancements are being made and will be made that will improve efficiencies, safety, and cost relative to traditional energy sources. Alternative energy companies are currently cheap and some may fail. Alternative energy exchange-traded funds are a good choice to gain exposure to this sector.

5. Traditional Energy. Economies are improving and energy demand is rising. While alternative energy use ramps up, traditional energy will remain strong. Investing in traditional energy is your best hedge against rising prices.

6. Biotech & Genomics. Mounting healthcare issues related to our aging and growing society and the enormous costs can be alleviated by major advancements in the biotechnology and genomic areas. No other fields have the potential to impact the world in the way that medical technology does. Cures as opposed to treatments to diseases such as cancer, AIDS, heart disease, or diabetes will result in a global population that will live longer, more productive lives.

7. Population Growth. Emerging markets are growing more quickly and their citizens are also living longer. Living longer results in the similar increases in demand as an expansion of actual population. Consumer demand is poised to continue to rise in spite of slowing population growth in developed nations. The continually growing population will need to be fed, watered, clothed and sheltered. Agribusiness, water resource and material companies should benefit from the next boom.

8. Emerging Markets. The next boom may actually be sparked in the BRIC nations, Brazil, Russia, India, China, as they have the money, the young and ambitious populations, and the inflation necessary to spark invention. The rest of Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, as well as Africa have the most room to grow. Once current civil unrest dissipates a more progressive environment is likely to emerge, fostering exponential growth.

9. Trade the Best Six Months Switching and 4-Year Cycle. These two major recurring market patterns have been amazingly reliable and continue to stand the test of time. Most of the markets gains have been made during the six months November-April. Since 1950, there have only been 9 years when the DJIA Best Six Months failed to delivery market gains. Market performance during the last two years of a presidential term has been much stronger than the first two years. Combining the BSM switching strategy with the 4-year cycle triples gains.

10. Sell Losers, Let Winners Ride. This tactic is always important. It is critical to preserve capital. Once the boom begins to take off, it will behoove you to go against your natural emotional inclinations and sell losing or worst performing stocks and let the winners ride. Sell losers quickly. Cutting losses short is the best way to preserve capital and letting winners run is the key to major profits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Death Twins Of The Fire Arena, part 15

    Okay Happy Squid. I am so happy. Tomorrow morning, it's just me and a double chocolate muffin. Yummy. ------ Gale smiles his fanous smile that always makes me nervous. "I thought you were dead." Gale beams. I shake my head. "I thought you were." Suddenly, we are taken into glass portal thingiemagiggers. Glen stand at the door and smiles at me. "I'm betting on you, girl on water." He says, and I hug him. Even though I'm a lunatic, he's been by my side. Unlike lots of people. "Good luck and, Sophie?" He asks. "Yes?" I say. "Stay alive." Glen says and I am moving upward. We are on platforms in water. Well, on water. Pip catches my eye. It looks like she would have an easy time hiding and just waiting everyone out. I also see Nico. His eyes are set on the ground. I guess he knows I am looking at him. "LET THE 76TH HUNGER GAMES BEGIN!" I run for the Cornucopia. I grab a silver bow and arrows. A girl turns around and stabs me in the arm. I try to keep blood in my body until I find shelter. Gale finds me immediately. "Allies, right?" He mutters. An open wound is displayed on his neck. "Sure." I say. My vision becomes blurry and I find shelter in a tall tree. I treat Gale's wound with my secret district token. A gift from Katniss and Peeta. A necklace that turns into a vile, a spile, and any medicine. I say," Peroxide." And a small bottle appears in my hand. I pour some on his wound and he winces. I do the same with mine and a burning sensation spreads from my arm to my cheek. "So cold." He says, and I realize that the sun isn't out. It begins to get colder. Gale and I crowd together to keep warm. His body is warm and relaxing. I lay on his shoulder and fall asleep.---Next part at next result.-DTOTFA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013


    SAM YOURE A FREAKING NINJA anyways ARENAAAAA YESSSSSS BUT PLEASE don't make me die in th bloodbath Dx that would be horrid Just maketh me like Rue (but not as helpless) and I'll be a happy little Squid Girl =]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    First here for sophie

    Lol soapy - Sam

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    Even though I believe Hirsch has made a valid prediction on the

    Even though I believe Hirsch has made a valid prediction on the future of the markets, he doesn’t do a good job at proving his case. The book lacks the in-depth analysis behind the theory one would expect, and instead lists historical facts and figures as if he pulled his supporting documentation directly off Wikipedia. At times the book reads in the style of Billy Joel’s song "We Didn't Start the Fire," which makes you wonder why you’re reading the book at all.

    Regardless I would still recommend buying the book. Most investors are focused on the short term, be it daily, monthly, yearly, or even a decade, yet very few of us ever examine the macro picture covering a century or more. History does repeat itself, and there is an entire group of traders profiting from a repeating pattern in the markets. Hirsch’s theory will open your eyes to many different ways to make money as the markets oscillate between resistance and support, and eventually when the next boom occurs. I just wish he had done the needed analysis to prove his point better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    This book is for babies!!!

    I dont like this book

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