Last week we started a series on a very important book by friend Joe Ellis called "Ahead of the Curve." We continue this week looking at specific indicators that Joe thinks give us a heads up when the economy is about to slow down and the stock market will being a bear market. I am then going to marry those thoughts with some work on the yield curve, especially looking at what the yield curve may be telling us today.
Cutting to the chase, I am going to make an argument that it is high time for you to start thinking about taking a defensive posture on your stock market investments. None of the indicators we will be looking at give us anything close to exact timing, but there are enough red flashing lights to give us cause for concern about the direction of the market in the coming quarters.