On the heels of last Monday’s vicious 1,000+ point “dip” and then Wednesday’s subsequent 619-point “rip ” higher, many investors are asking one question – will the stock market rally stick?

The media certainly seems to think so:

  • Relief Descends on U.S. stock market rally with Best Rally Since 2011 – Bloomberg
  • Dow, S&P Enjoy Biggest Percentage Gains in Four Years – MarketWatch
  • Chinese Stock Index Jumps 5.3% as Asian Stocks Rise – Yahoo! Finance
  • I’m not so sure.

    I say that because the answer depends on a question nobody’s asking.

    Today I’m going to tell you what that question is and why it’s so very important. Then, I want to spend a moment putting current conditions in perspective. And, as always, I’m going to do my best to give you a playbook for profits no matter what happens next.

    Let’s uncover some answers together.

    Here’s what you need to know.

    There’s Only One Precedent for Last Wednesday’s Stock Market Rally


    We’ve talked many times in the past several months about the need for perspective, and with good reason. From runaway debt to the collapse of “nice to haves” like Shake Shack Inc.(NYSE: SHAK), Zoey’s Kitchen Inc. (NYSE: ZOES), and Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR), to a Fed that’s increasingly boxed in, the script I laid out for you is playing out almost word for word.

    Valuations have, indeed, come under pressure as profit margins decline, and we did get the massive blow-off I’ve warned about, thanks in large part to traders who grew tired of the Fed’s indecisiveness and who took matters into their own hands this week and last.

    Then, less than 72 hours later, we got the tremendous run higher as the Dow tacked on a remarkable 619 points in a single session. It was quite literally the calm “after” the storm and, in good measure, why I urged investors to keep calm during national media appearances last Monday in the heat of the moment.

    It’s what comes next that bothers me.

    There have been only two incidents where we’ve seen such a massive market meltdown in the last 74 years: May 15, 1940, and earlier this week.

    What this tells me is that the breakdown was highly unusual rather than your run-of-the-mill, garden-variety correction. So we want to take a look at what happened the last time because of what it implies about what happens this time.

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