Investing: Market signs to watch

Investing: Market signs to watch

It's no secret that the current bull market and economic expansion are getting long in the tooth. Eventually, the market will turn bearish, and history tells us that we're likely to see a recession six to nine months after the bull market's peak. The indicators below can help you spot market tops and recessions on the horizon.


The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index, released monthly, tracks consumers' attitudes about business and economic conditions.

Consumer spending drives nearly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. "A sharp drop in confidence implies that a recession is imminent," says Ed Clissold, chief strategist at investment...