If I saw some of these things happen, I would be much more bullish about stocks over the next few years. You know you'll be near a bottom. 1. Take that silly NASDAQ display down in Times Square. Before the bubble, the NASDAQ was just another market, like the AMEX. I would expect that to be the case after the bubble as well. 2. A major Wall Street pro goes super bearish, maybe even panicky on television. Abbey Joseph Cohen going super negative; that'll be the day. 3. CEO's start going to jail. 4. CNBC makes a shift cutting their flagship "Business Center" down to a half hour. Having a two hour show on stocks means there is still too much interest in the markets by the public. 5. Mutual Fund cash levels getting above 5-6%. Even in the 1990 bear market, it got over 10%. Mutual fund managers are way to complacent. 6. Time or Newsweek declaring on their front cover "Why you should buy Gold". 7. A major well known mutual fund or family going bust. 8. A book such as "Dow 3,000" making the best seller list (i.e. The opposite of the infamous Dow 36,000). What are some other signs of a "real bottom"?