Ep 63: 10 Market Reminders – Don’t Let Emotions Ruin Your Retirement Plan

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There’s no better time than the present to remind ourselves of some good investing fundamentals and themes that we see in the market. Right now, your emotions might be high due to the market being down, but we’ll explain how to handle the rollercoaster ride.

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Show Notes

The stock market is down year to date. Month by month, the stock market has been falling, which can make our emotions rise. You might be worried or scared. Investing is not easy, but there are some common themes you need to know.

Today we’re sharing 10 market tips from Bob Farrell, who spent decades as the head of research at Merrill Lynch, establishing himself as one of the leading market analysts on Wall Street.

  1. Markets return to the mean over time.
  2. Excess leads to an opposite excess
  3. Excesses are never permanent.
  4. Market corrections don’t go sideways.
  5. Public buys most at the top and least at the bottom.
  6. Fear and greed: Stronger than long-term resolve.
  7. Markets: Strong when broad, weak when narrow
  8. Bear markets have three stages
  9. Be mindful of experts and forecasts
  10. Bull markets are more fun than bear markets.

So, what’s the bottom line? No one said investing was easy. There’s a lot at stake, and so much to take in.

Whether you’re a novice trader or someone who’s been watching the markets for a great deal of time, it’s easy to get caught up in the swings of market news, emotions, and the free-for-all of the market. But if you follow Bob Ferrell’s time-tested secrets, you may just come out a winner in the end.

Listen to more of our conversation in the podcast or use the timestamps below to jump to a specific section. 

[2:43] – Who is Bob Farrell

[5:05] – Return to mean

[9:52] – Excess

[11:40] – Never permanent

[12:26] – Corrections

[13:15] – Public buying

[16:20] – Fear and greed

[19:26] – Strong and weak

[20:44] – Three stages

[21:59] – Experts and forecasts

[23:09] – Bull markets

[23:38] – Recap

Thanks for checking out this episode. We’ll talk to you again soon.


There’s no better time than the present to remind ourselves of some good investing fundamentals.

-Scott Sierens