The last refuge of scoundrels is their blind insistence that all data points must be adjusted for inflation.
I was reminded of this earlier in the week when Nasdaq, after 15 long years, closed above the 5,000 mark. The immediate response from parts of the bearish contingency was to demand that the numbers take into account the rise in prices.
There are many, many reasons why this is irrelevant to investors. Let’s focus on just three:
The first is technicals. When practitioners of this form of analysis look at support and resistance lines in a graph of a stock or index, they are actually delving into the world of psychology. Traders recall that when they bought stocks at a specific price, they were rewarded. That muscle memory keeps them coming back for more at those prices. This is true for stocks, exchange-traded funds and even indexes.
Similarly, they remember being punished when they paid too much at specific prices. Who among hasn’t thought to ourselves, “Dear Lord, let me just get back to break-even”? That is why share supply often appears at specific prices. It is a sign of investors recalling an earlier purchase that has been painful.