What I learned about Bulls while vacationing in Jackson Hole, WY

10 Things to Understand about Bulls: Insights from the Jackson, WY Rodeo

1. Bulls can be tough to ride for 8 seconds, even for experienced cowboys.

  • Lesson for Investors: Bull markets will try and buck you off.  Hold on tightly.

2. Bulls are larger than bears.

  • Lesson for Investors: Bull markets will typically last longer than bear markets.

3. Bulls and cows can be tough to corral once a stampede starts.

  • Lesson for Investors: It can be dangerous once a stampede starts.  The running of the bulls causes more harm than bears (see part 1, #11).

4. Young bulls come out of the chute fast making them hard to lasso.

  • Lesson for Investors: Be ready to throw your rope and hold on as new bull markets start fast.

5. Bulls and cows are pack animals.

  • Lesson for Investors: Sometimes you may feel late arriving to the party, but that is how the herd rolls.  Look for the crowd – what products and services are they buying?

6. Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote and politically participate.

  • Lesson for Investors: Women live longer, so they should be active investors too.

7. There was a sheep chase for the kids.

  • Lesson for Investors: Consider 529 plans so your children or grandchildren can chase the sheepskin.

8. There were lots of twists and turns in the barrel races.

  • Lesson for Investors: Despite the twists and turns in the barrel races, the youngest rider was about 8 years old.  There are long term advantages to starting early because the older riders were really moving fast.

9. The clowns play an important role.

  • Lesson for Investors: You may find your financial advisor is a stupid clown at times, but he is trained and there to protect you.

10. Faith, country, risk and return.  It’s the American Way.

  • Lesson for Investors: The rodeo started with prayer, the national anthem, and an announcement that rodeo is a dangerous sport, but that the cowboys are excited for the opportunity to go win some prize money. Sounds about right for the stock market


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