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Do you know what the market is going to do tomorrow? How about next week? Next month?

Me either. And while I trust that, long term, the U.S. stock market will trend positive because of the growth of American business, I have not the foggiest idea what will happen in the near term -- or what I should do about it.

That's why we asked a bunch of different Foolish writers to weigh in on both sides of the question. Is the rally over? And what should we do to profit going forward?

After all, since the market high in October of 2007, the S&P 500 first lost nearly 60% of its value before gaining back 65% -- but we're still over 25% off that high.

Is the rally over? Will the market go up from here? Are we looking at a dead-cat bounce? Only time will tell -- but we want to hear what you think. So comment here or comment on the projections and strategies of our writers -- they're all listed at the top right.

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  • Report this Comment On January 21, 2010, at 3:34 PM, roguesisland wrote:

    First, I don't believe the U.S. economy ever had the time to go into a tailspin like the so called pundits had called it: Great Depression II. Kudos to the Govt., former and current, the Fed., and American people for seeing this through to a recovery. I believe that EDUCATION and JOBS are the most important to a sustained expansion and wish that more of the money (tax revenue) that the Government has and will spend would go to those. Great country, great people, great leadership.

  • Report this Comment On January 27, 2010, at 8:40 AM, YouHeardItFirst wrote:

    I believe that this is the time of 'what if" and society is going to be questioning a lot of things.

    For example...

    1.) What if Bernake's plan didn't really work, despite the rally we've had?

    2.) What if Obama's stimulus, directed at job creation, didn't ultimately change anything (it's starting to look that way)

    3.) What if we're headed down for another dip, despite all the government intervention, because ultimately this isn't simply a US phenomenon but a global one that can't be escaped?

    These aren't questions for ivory tower pundits and the heavily educated. They are the potential What Ifs of the average American. If the average person loses faith in the recovery, and they isn't going to matter what Bernake or anyone else says anymore.

    I think it's time we started recognizing that the fear may ultimately take over. The arguments for stability, despite their logical foundation, may lose their footing soon.

  • Report this Comment On January 27, 2010, at 8:59 AM, Retiree2035 wrote:

    I think the average American has lost faith in the recovery because there have been no signs, other than the stock market, that the economy is getting better.

    Jobs continue to be shed and 70% consumerism driving your economy is not going to assist in a recovery when most people, that drove the economy, are saving their money and paying down their debt or are jobless collecting unemployment. The government has put a band aid on the problem and will not be able to sustain the appearance that everything is getting better.

    Trouble ahead......

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