Well, if you want to get the whole forum engaged you certainly picked a good topic because everybody will have a view on this one.: lol:
First, let's look at the numbers.
Since November 7, 2016, the market (measured by the S&P 500 which is a good proxy) is up about 14% in less than 4 months. Over long periods of time, it normally takes about 15 months or so to move that much.
The other interesting thing is that it was already "expensive" pre-election and is now pretty pricey.
Microsoft, for instance, is trading at a P/E of 30 and AT&T is at around 20. What this is supposed to mean (given their respective dividends) is that investors are not expecting much capital appreciation over the next 12 months or that the current belief is we are at a plateau.
The "fear index" which is measured by the VIX is pretty much at historic lows (around 10-12%). That is another strong sign of complacency.
As to the "experts", there are of course many views but the general drift is that the Administration is going to make it a lot easier for the business sector to thrive through a variety of policy actions especially less regulation and tax cuts. That is what is supposed to have sparked the rally.
Traders (who have no interest in anything other than the very short term) are bored out of their minds because there is nothing to do and no way to make much money.
So on the surface, it is clear sailing as far as the eye can see. Mr. Market is saying that right now the most likely outcome at the end of the year (1 standard deviation move) will be up another 4% or down about 4%. Of course, Mr. Market is known to change his mind without warning.
Historically, that is the classic set up for a major event with serious downside potential. Anything could cause this, an incident with another country, a scandal at a financial institution, or something else. It really would not matter what is might be, all that is needed is a reason to head for the exits.
Will this happen? That is anybody's guess. However, if one believes in probability then the odds are good that the next move of 20% or more will be down rather than up and it could happen rather quickly.
For the normal investor, there is nothing whatever to do now except continue what one is doing. It is probably not a good time to be taking on much additional risk and a good time to start preparing psychologically for some red ink to start appearing.
That wisdom and $5 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.