Investor John Hussman has issued a stark warning about the current state of the stock market, comparing it to historic bubbles such as those preceding the 1929 crash and the market peak in 2021. According to Hussman, stock valuations are as extreme as they were before previous market downturns, signaling the potential for a significant correction.

Despite the market reaching all-time highs fueled by optimism surrounding the Federal Reserve’s latest policy update, Hussman believes that such enthusiasm has placed the market in a perilous position akin to past crash scenarios.

He points to various valuation metrics, including his firm’s measure of the ratio of nonfinancial market capitalization to gross value-added, which is at its highest level since the 1929 peak before the subsequent crash.

Expressing concern over what he perceives as the “double-top of the most extreme speculative bubble in US financial history,” Hussman emphasizes the risks associated with over-speculation. He notes that in previous instances, stocks have reached a speculative limit before experiencing sharp declines.

Hussman’s bearish stance contrasts with the prevailing bullish sentiment among investors during the market’s prolonged rally. Despite refraining from making an official forecast, he has warned of the potential for a significant market downturn, suggesting a defensive stance is prudent given current market conditions.

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