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Now continue reading below for an essay by Clint Brewer on finding bear market opportunities…
In 2022, the most the S&P 500 ever gained on the year was 0.64%.
That sure does make 2023’s 4% return feel like a hot start!
What’s more impressive is that the gains have been broad-based, and not driven by just a few stocks or one sector in particular. In fact, 10 of the S&P’s 11 sectors are higher on the year.
Naturally, the rally has investors questioning whether the worst is behind us… and if the bear market is hibernating.
But even with the average stock putting up decent gains, the broader indexes are still susceptible to more severe declines.
But that doesn’t mean your portfolio has to suffer.
Getting caught in the downside depends on what type of investor you are and how well you know your portfolio.
Let me explain…
A Deflating Bubble Still in Progress
Last year marked the beginning of the end for a massive bubble in growth stocks.
The communications services sector – with stocks like Alphabet (GOOGL) and Meta Platforms (META) – plunged 38% last year… making it the worst sector in the entire S&P 500. The technology sector fell by 28% for the third worst showing.
And the downside could still have a ways to go…
Despite last year’s declines, the tech sector’s weight in the S&P 500 still stands at 23% compared to the long-term median of 16%.
You should also take a look at the ratio of growth stocks compared to value stocks below…
To put the rise of growth stocks into perspective, this chart goes back to 1995. That’s where the deflating growth bubble last happened…
And you can see another one is just getting started.
That should have you concerned – particularly if you’re an investor in index funds like the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which tracks the S&P 500.
The S&P is still dominated by big growth companies. In fact, large-cap growth alone makes up 38% of the fund… more than any other category.
But that doesn’t mean you should give up on buying stocks. That’s the lesson from a past bear market.
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Sorting Through the Wreckage
You can see in the chart above that the early 2000s “dot-com” era suffered from a similar bubble in growth stocks, which drove up their weight in indexes like the S&P.
And when it came crashing down, the major indexes were dragged lower along the way… similar to what you’re seeing today.
Between 2000 and 2002, the U.S. stock market fell 37% as large-cap growth dived 68%.
But guess what?
It wasn’t bad everywhere. During the same time frame, the smaller-cap value stocks gained 29%.
I see a similar trading environment unfolding in 2023, where further downside in growth stocks pressures major indexes.
So, if you’re an exchange-traded fund (ETF) investor, make sure you know what you own and where concentrated risk might exist.
But there will still be great prospects to buy stocks in the right areas.
I believe your stock market fortunes (or lack thereof) will be driven by your ability to actively rotate into those opportunities.
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