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5 Charts Showing Proof of a Market Top

Margin debt, consumer finances, investor sentiment ... all that and more should at least have investors on the defensive

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After a roaring 2013, the market has had a rougher start to 2014, flipping between bull and bear modes.

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But now that we are in another downdraft for stocks, can we hope for a snap-back … or should investors be worried that we’ve indeed seen a market top and that a deeper correction is in the works?

Unfortunately, there are a host of indicators out there that hint at more pain coming our way.

Now, this is no guarantee that stocks will crash and burn; we’ve had plenty of head fakes since 2009, and the market has managed to march steadily higher in the face of seemingly dark outlooks. Also, a dip of 10% to 15% does not portend the end of the world — and a number of strong players might even manage to swim upstream during broad market declines.

Still, investors should take note of the troubling signs on the horizon. Here are five indicators of a market top and additional declines to watch:

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