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A cash position in the 30% to 50% range makes sense here—holding resilient stocks, and doing a little buying (possibly in new leaders that emerge during earnings season).
It’s fair to assume this earnings season will largely dictate the index’s direction through the end of the year. The Presidential election is another big factor.
It was remarkable that the news on October 13 that China’s exports experienced a 5.6% decline in September led to such a sharp global reaction in equity markets.
So far, earnings season is off to a good start, with the big banks and Netflix (NFLX) beating estimates in recent days.
Economic data releases this week will be fairly light. In stark contrast, there will be an overwhelming number of major companies set to release earnings.
Investors on pins and needles could stay on the sidelines until after the election on November 8. But after some volatility, the market should then rally into the new year.
How does an investor sort through the continuous barrage of alarming media headlines, and focus on picking good stocks, then have confidence in holding onto them?