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

ISBN: 978-1-118-02470-6
183 pages
April 2011
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Prosper from the profitable opportunities of the next financial market super boom

In 1976, Yale Hirsch predicted a fifteen-year super boom—a move in the stock market of 500% or more. His forecast proved accurate as the market rose and continued upward, eventually posting growth over 1,000% just before the tech crash in 2000. In Super Boom, Jeffrey Hirsch, President of the Hirsch Organization and Editor in Chief of the Stock Trader's Almanac, unveils the next market expansion. Building on his father's research from 1976, Hirsch has discovered that meteoric rises in stock indices are due to specific catalysts predominantly outside of the financial markets.

History has a way of repeating itself, especially in the financial markets. The American economy, and subsequently the world economy, has always existed in a cycle of boom and bust: gold, grain, oil, technology, and most recently, real estate, have all bubbled and popped. The key to investing profitably is spotting macroeconomic historical trends and positioning to reap the benefits. Step-by-step, Hirsch puts together the pieces of this puzzle by revealing the central drivers of a super boom.

  • Examines how new cultural paradigm-shifting technologies, as well as peace between major wars, could fuel a super boom
  • Discusses how the massive injection of money by the government, in response to the global financial crisis and the Great Recession, as well as wartime spending, will eventually create an inflationary environment
  • The data and research found here is based on historical information and the boom-and-bust cycle of the past century

As markets and economies struggle over the next several years, remember to keep your eye on the future and get ready for the coming super boom and the next 500% move in the market. With this book as your guide, you'll benefit from the insights that only Jeffrey Hirsch can provide.

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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 of History 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 Twenties 81

From the Rich Man's Panic to the first recorded super boom

CHAPTER 7 Depression, World War II, and the Baby Boom 87

The greatest generation births a boom

CHAPTER 8 Vietnam, Stagflation, and the Information Revolution 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 Reprinted 161

Key Terms 171

About the Author 175

Index 177

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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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April 05, 2011
Super Boom

Civil unrest in the Mideast and North Africa, as well as the disaster in Japan, have recently jacked up oil and energy prices. Crop disruptions over the past year and heightened demand from emerging markets have pushed commodity and food prices to record highs. Gold, silver and other precious metals remain elevated as global economic uncertainty persists and the U.S. dollar continues to be driven down by aggressively accommodative Fed policy. One of main central drivers of a super boom—an inflationary environment—is already on the horizon.

In his brand new book SUPER BOOM: Why the Dow Jones Will Hit 38,820 and How You Can Profit From It (Wiley; April 2011; $24.95; 978-1-118-02470-6; Hardcover), Stock Trader’s Almanac Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey A. Hirsch provides an in-depth analysis of his blockbuster super boom forecast introduced last October in the 44th annual edition of the Stock Trader’s Almanac.

In 1976, Stock Trader’s Almanac Founder Yale Hirsch predicted a 15-year super boom—a move in the stock market of 500% or more. His forecast was amazingly accurate as the market rose and continued upward, eventually posting a gain of 1,447% on the Dow Jones Industrials from the 1982 low to just before the tech crash in 2000. History has a way of repeating itself, especially in the financial markets.

Drawing on the bull’s-eye forecast of his predecessor, mentor, and father and incorporating his own knowledge of the inner workings of the stock market, long-term economic trends, and historical cycles, Jeff Hirsch shows how the Dow’s climb to 38,820 by the year 2025 from the Dow’s 2010 close of 11,577.51 is perfectly plausible. This climb represents a modest annual growth rate of 8.4% per year over 15 years. This is well within the range of long term average gains and even more attainable considering we are coming off the worst bear market in 80 years.

War & Peace + Inflation + A Secular Bull Market = 500% Market Moves

After examining other bold Dow predictions and why they didn’t pan out, Hirsch explores all the factors that contributed to the previous 500% moves that followed the three major wars of the 20th Century and how meteoric rises in stock indices are due to specific catalysts predominantly outside of the financial markets, including:

  • Inflation: While it may be at bay for the time being, the massive injection of money by the government, in response to the global financial crisis and the Great Recession, as well as wartime spending, will eventually create an inflationary environment.
  • Peace between major wars: Despite continuing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. troop withdrawals remain on schedule, and military presence in these countries will be winding down over the next several years. Recent trouble in the Mideast is being handled multilaterally and is not expected to draw the U.S. into another protracted foreign military engagement.
  • Secular bear markets: One thing is consistent now and during the previous three long-term busts or “secular” bear markets: the U.S. stock market has gone nowhere for a decade or more.
  • New enabling technologies: While no one can say for sure where the next cultural paradigm-shifting technologies will come from, energy technology and/or biotechnology could lead the way.

“It’s that 70s Show again,” proclaims Hirsch. “Conditions are not identical to the long economic-maligned dark days of disco and polyester, but we are seeing several similarities. American families are being hit with a stealth stagflation in 2011. Food, energy, healthcare, and education inflation are sapping family resources as job and wage growth and the housing sector stagnate. Several parallels to the long flat markets and economies before the Roaring 1920s and during the Great Depression also exist.”

In addition to making a case for why the markets are poised for another super boom, Hirsch outlines potential opportunities for investing in a super boom, as well as a new trading strategy for maximizing returns in good or bad markets.

The American economy, and subsequently the world economy, has always existed in a cycle of boom and bust: gold, grain, oil, technology, and most recently, real estate, have all bubbled and popped. The key to investing profitably is spotting macroeconomic historical trends and positioning to reap the benefits. SUPER BOOM: Why the Dow Jones Will Hit 38,820 and How You Can Profit From It is an invaluable guide to prospering from the profitable opportunities that lie ahead. 

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