The world may be coming to an end, but market optimism refuses to die. What’s keeping it ticking?


The markets usually bounce back from the steepest falls within 18 months or even earlier — the latest recovery from the March 2020 lows took eight months. Long-term investors can easily face this drawdown. However, betting on individual stocks, especially with high PE, could be a disaster.

If someone had told you in March 2020 that the market fall of 40% was just a temporary phase and there would be a strong recovery in the next few months, you would have perhaps called it black humour. A ravaging pandemic was killing people and the world had resorted to a shutdown. Economic growth was affected and a revival was far away. It was like we were at war with the Martians. But the market bounced back by more than 100% from its lows and

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