The debate about what degree level we are in continues, as the majority of wave analysts all have different wave positions. The Elliott Wave Principle is not what you think you are seeing, but it’s what you visualize what the idealized pattern is supposed to look like. Every major wave analyst has 5th wave extensions when in fact wave 3 does most of extending in the stock markets. About 5 years ago I switched to looking at the markets from a Cycle degree perspective because I also tried GSC and SC degree for many years.
The 2000 peak is an Intermediate degree peak while the majority have the 2000 peak as a GSC peak or SC peak. An intermediate degree is a minimum of 4-degree levels lower than every major wave analysts has today. Most wave counts published today are nothing but a “Dog and Pony” show or a great “Smoke and Mirror” magic act. Elliott Wave is not about flipping numbers and letters around like we are flipping hamburgers, but it’s more like being a surgeon where you must think out any moves with great care.
Every number and letter also represents time, so when I see switches being made between a GSC and SC degree wave count we can jump 50-100 years into the future without realizing it. Cycle degree is basically jumping back in time which puts any SC, GSC and Submillennium degree in our future. The 2000-2002 decline took about 30 months while the 2008 decline only took about 17 months. That’s a big difference and is mainly due to the type of corrective pattern we get.
Before we ever get there this market has to suffer through a bear market for a few years before a new major bull market will start. This may take until 2020 or after the US elections before the markets start to crank up again. Every major bull market peak for the next 100 years will terminate with a wave 3 position and since Cycle degree wave 3 is used, the next major peak will be wave 3 in SC degree.
Our present bearish phase can still last into the spring of 2019, after which we should see a rally in stocks that will convince the majority that the bull is back.