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The Stock Market Is Poised for a Huge Selloff — Don't Be Fooled by the Recent Rally


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Many investors don't understand how bear markets differ from bull markets. You see, bear markets are not mirror images of bull markets. Most people think they can just invert their bull-market strategy by selling high and buying low and be done with it.

But bear markets are a completely different beast. That can be particularly frustrating for investors who recognize that a bull market is ending but don't know how to trade a bear market. Right now is a great time for these investors to learn, though, because the current bear market (which likely began between this May and July, depending on the index) is offering an exit opportunity close to the bear market's start.

As of Friday's close, the S&P 500 (^GSPC) was up 8% since Sept. 29. That's a monster short-term rally! If you asked, "Are you more likely to see these sharp...