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Barry Ritholtz

There's Nothing Old About This Bull Market

Claims that it's the second-longest ever don't hold up.
In terms of age, he's ahead.

In terms of age, he's ahead.

Photographer: Matt McClain/Washington Post/Getty Images

I keep reading how this bull market is the second-longest since World War II. Lots and lots of articles, comments, observations, tweets, blog posts and on and on are running with this idea. The assertion has been made by both amateurs as well as some fairly sophisticated types who should know better.

But there are several problems with these claims. First, they simply are wrong about the length of this bull market. Second, whatever methodology the authors rely on to reach their errant conclusions are either unknown or deeply flawed. And third, they smack of sensationalism designed to draw readers, clicks and hits rather than to offer useful insight.