Set forth below is the text of a comment that I recently posted to the discussion thread for another blog entry at this site:
It’s the same old thing, people think the party will never end. until it does. I have a friend who retired with $1million cash, his advisor told him to put it in the market in 2008. Well after a 60% loss he sold I guess anyone would. After this his advisor suggested going back in with the rest to “make his money back stocks, are cheap”. Well after all the dust settled he was left with $150,000. He cant go back to work and now he lives on SSI and depression.
I myself have only 10% allocated to stocks now.
Until you live through this or know someone who has you dont get it, the goons don’t because they cant be wrong.
What really bothers me is the “common knowledge” that markets ALWAYS comes back? Really? all advisors say this, It is in all the financial articles on the web. I know I can’t remember the dates, but 7, 15, 20 years to recover. in the past,I for one do not want to sit and wait in fear hoping the market will come back for the rest of my life.
Thank you for working so hard to get the word out, some of us get it Rob.
Am I trying to get the word out or am I trying to learn myself? I think that the bottom line here is that I am trying to learn myself.
There’s a message that I push. But, when you boil it all down, that message is: “Not one of us knows as much as he thinks he does, so we should all be willing to hear the other fellow out and learn what we can from someone coming at things from a different perspective.” That’s a process that serves us well in our efforts to learn in all other fields of human endeavor and it seems to me, that given how important investing is, it makes sense for us to apply the same learning process there that works in every other other field of human endeavor.
Thanks for stopping by, Max.