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George Lindsay


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Eight months in advance, one eccentric genius predicted the start of history's greatest bull market - accurate to within 17 days and 7 Dow points.

Then, days before his death, he called its end - precisely. Louis Rukeyser called him "
uncannily accurate". The Stock Traders Almanac called his work "the finest long-term forecast we have ever seen".

Honored by his peers, admired for his profound knowledge of markets and history, George Lindsay is now nearly forgotten. Much of his significant research has been relegated to yellowing, typed newsletters. Until now...

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George Lindsay

George Lindsay (1906-1987) began his life as an artist, owned his own seat on the Chicago Board of Trade from 1939-1940, and started his market advisory service in 1951, one year after the publication of his seminal paper "An Aid to Timing". While so much of today's technical analysis is focused on short-term changes in the market (i.e. daily, 60-minute, 15-minute, 5-minute, and tick charts) and has become heavily dependent on mathematics that only a Stanford PhD. could ever hope to understand, Lindsay spent his life looking at multi-year changes in the markets all the way back to 1798. By doing so, he was able to understand regular, repeating changes in the market based, not on price but, on time. These "changes" are similar to cycles but not in the way most people today think of cycles. His work is unique and had almost disappeared until I began my endeavor to save it for history with the publication of my first book in 2011. His approach to the markets appears to transcend even that mirror of human behavior as it can play a role in forecasting non-market related events throughout human history (described in his only book "The Other History" Vantage Press, 1969). It was this "understanding" of intervals in time that enabled him to sell his seat on the Board of Trade in 1940 only weeks before the Germans marched into Paris during the spring of that year causing the US government to impose price controls on commodities and trading volumes at the exchange to collapse. His book is long out of print but anyone who has read "The Fourth Turning" (Strauss and Howe, Bantam/Doubleday, 1997) will have an idea as to the direction Lindsay's research was headed.

Lindsay's Long Cycles are analogous to what modern investors refer to as secular bull and bear markets as each long cycle lasts approximately 20 years. A constant question/concern among investors today is "are we still in the secular bear market that began with the high in 2000 or did that secular bear conclude with the low in 2009?" Lindsay is the only analyst to ever create a disciplined methodology for forecasting the beginning and ending dates of secular cycles and his methods hold the answer for today's investors.


Most investors' day-to-day decisions are more concerned with cyclical bull and bear markets than the secular variety. Lindsay called these cyclical bull and bear markets "basic advances and basic declines" and to forecast these, too, he developed very specific, disciplined methods. But in order to forecast these cyclical swings in equities, using his methods, it is necessary to identify and understand his Long Cycles. The precision of his models to forecast highs and lows in the stock market caused Louis Rukeyser to call him "uncannily accurate" and the Stock Traders’ Almanac to refer to his work as "the finest long term forecast we have ever seen". 


New York Times
November 8, 1969
The public has become so disenchanted with glamour stocks that they will probably not regain their old excessive multiples until some time in the 1990's.
George Lindsay
The Advisor, February 1977


An introduction to the work of

George Lindsay

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