The experts at Inc. observe that Wall Street and Bay Street have been in the midst of one of the longest bull markets in history since bottoming in early March 2009. Over the last five-plus years, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) soared roughly 110% after hitting a new intra-day high of 15,685.13 on September 3, 2014. The major U.S. exchanges have racked up equally impressive gains. Over the same time frame, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) climbed 150% and the NASDAQ approximately 250%. This helped propel the biggest indices higher too; most notably, the S&P 500 gained more than 200%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 170%. Many investors may be wondering if they’ve missed the boat and if it’s too late to get in on further gains, especially in light of the recent pullback the North American markets are experiencing. Since the beginning of September, the TSX has dropped seven percent, the NYSE has retraced more than five percent, the NASDAQ has given up almost five percent of its value, the S&P 500 has fallen 3.5%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has slipped two percent. Why are the markets in the red? The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently cut its outlook for global economic growth, saying it expects the global economy to grow by just 3.8% in 2015, down from its July forecast of four percent. The IMF warned that Germany, Italy, and France, the eurozone’s three largest economies, could slip back into a recession, dragging the entire region down with it—and undercutting investor confidence. Why the selloff in North American stocks? Many investors are not aware of the fact that approximately 40% of the companies listed on the S&P 500 get sales from Europe. As a result, economic challenges in the eurozone will directly impact the corporate earnings of many American companies. The trading experts at Inc. understand that it doesn’t matter whether the stock market is going up or down; there are proven strategies that can help investors profit no matter what. Taking a stock trading course from Inc. will show you how to manage your own investments to generate better returns. Inc.’s professional instructors provide investors with the kind of in-depth training and techniques they need to transition from casual investors to successful traders. How do we do it? Inc. provides its Members with the knowledge, tools, confidence, and support needed to create a disciplinary approach when trading or investing. Inc.’s free two-hour trading workshop will show you how you can profit from trading stocks, stock option trading, stock index trading, futures trading, futures option trading, and forex trading. Inc. will also show you how to protect your money through capital appreciation and risk management strategies. We’ll teach you how to trade in falling as well as rising markets, identify emerging trends, and profit in stagnant markets. The first session takes place on Tuesday, October 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Learn to Inc. corporate head office, located at 885 Don Mills Road, Suite 200 in Toronto.  The second two-hour free trading workshop takes place on Thursday, October 16 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Humber College North Campus at the corners of Finch Avenue West and Highway 27. At Inc., we’re about investors helping investors. After all, to be a successful trader, it’s important to keep up-to-date with current trends. At our free two-hour trading workshop, you will also learn about the benefits of the Lifetime Membership. Through our Lifetime Membership, you will receive ongoing education, support, and mentoring to help you accomplish your short- and long-term investing goals. And you are free to come back and take the Inc. course as often as you like. For further details about Inc. or to learn more about our Lifetime Membership, attend one of our free two-hour workshops. To register, visit us online at or for more information, e-mail us at, call us at 416-510-5560, or visit our offices at 885 Don Mills Road, Suite 200, Toronto. Source:  Talley, I., “IMF Cuts 2015 Global Growth Forecast to 3.8%,” The Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2014;