Paulsen: Bull Market Needs a 15 Percent Correction

During a recent interview on CNBC, Leuthold Group’s chief investment strategist said, “I think a good gut check to sentiment, like a 15 percent correction, might be just the ticket to extend this bull market.”

Jim Paulsen said a correction is necessary to reflect rising interest rates, peaking earnings, and slower economic growth, adding, “What we need is a lower valuation, I think, to sustain a different environment if this recovery is going to continue.” He suggests that it might be a good time for investors to up their defensive investing, citing target sectors such as utilities, consumer¬† staples, and real estate investment trusts as good bets.

According to Paulsen, a significant market turn in favor of defensive stocks over cyclicals could suggest economic trouble ahead. “I think it suggests,” he said, “that economic growth is going to slow more than Wall Street really is ready for.”