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I know lewdog (and maybe others) have mentioned the desire to have a place to chat about personal finance stuff. We'll see if there's enough interest to keep this going in the long-term, but at least for now, here's a place to chat about whatever personal finance topics come up.



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Old 02-05-2018, 06:44 PM   #1711
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It's interesting to see the different strategies at play here. In the short-term, I favor my strategy of screaming and crying while buying into face of the tsunami.
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Old 02-05-2018, 06:45 PM   #1712
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It's interesting to see the different strategies at play here. In the short-term, I favor my strategy of screaming and crying while buying into face of the tsunami.


These times are when I am glad I am 100% cash. I don't have the gambling mentality. If I even lost 5% in a short period of time, I would probably stroke out and die right there! Then, I would have no retirement.

That's my way of looking at life
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Old 02-05-2018, 06:57 PM   #1713
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These times are when I am glad I am 100% cash. I don't have the gambling mentality. If I even lost 5% in a short period of time, I would probably stroke out and die right there! Then, I would have no retirement.

That's my way of looking at life
Sitting in cash allows your to be eaten up by inflation in no time, especially if your timeline is a decade or more. The $10k you saved in 2004, is not worth anything close to $10k in today's money.

You realize if the market corrects 10-15% this week, people are still sitting with more money than they had a year ago? Factor in compounding interest over decades and it's very hard to lose money in the stock market with consistent investing across mutual funds, ETFs and indexes. Dabbling in individual stocks is a different story, however.
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:28 PM   #1714
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Sitting in cash allows your to be eaten up by inflation in no time, especially if your timeline is a decade or more. The $10k you saved in 2004, is not worth anything close to $10k in today's money.

You realize if the market corrects 10-15% this week, people are still sitting with more money than they had a year ago? Factor in compounding interest over decades and it's very hard to lose money in the stock market with consistent investing across mutual funds, ETFs and indexes. Dabbling in individual stocks is a different story, however.
Right. And learn to take a long view of finances, days like these are inevitable, always have been. Nobody can time them, invest what you can for the long term and forget about it.
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:43 PM   #1715
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All fair and true and stops are a sound method of risk management. But just because you saved that 3k doesn't mean you have to become re-invested again immediately because it went down further.

There are two schools of thought. One is that if you liked the market at X, the market at 95% of X is a real bargain. The counter to that is if you liked the market at X and it's now at 95% of X, something in your original thesis was entirely incorrect.

When you're invested in something, you are naturally going to be less honest about it than if you were a dispassionate outside observer. You stopped on some positions and now have the ability to view things more objectively. That is a huge advantage in a market that's been driven by euphoric sentiment.
Interesting you said that . US steel is one stock I own.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:00 PM   #1716
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I don't normally follow this thread but my profession is investing and this is 100% the right perspective. It doesn't mean you shouldn't worry about the move the last several days but you should also have the bigger picture in mind. We're basically back to early December levels.

There were any number of positioning metrics flashing 'euphoria' on a scale that we haven't seen post-crisis. Macro themes (long equities, long EM, short rates, short USD) have been dominating the trading environment and trending aggressively. All of these things rode the wave of sentiment up and now the same thing happens on the way down (you can blame a class of investors known as CTAs for amplifying these moves). This is how markets have operated forever.

Equities may still end up performing just fine over the next several months, but more likely than not the risk/reward (Sharpe in industry parlance) will just be poorer. So be prepared to feel less euphoric and more balanced. But this is what ultimately makes for a healthier market.

Said another way, the experience of investing in stocks is transitioning from feeling like being a fan of the Patriots to being a fan of the Chiefs.

Good luck, folks.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:18 PM   #1717
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Sitting in cash allows your to be eaten up by inflation in no time, especially if your timeline is a decade or more. The $10k you saved in 2004, is not worth anything close to $10k in today's money.

You realize if the market corrects 10-15% this week, people are still sitting with more money than they had a year ago? Factor in compounding interest over decades and it's very hard to lose money in the stock market with consistent investing across mutual funds, ETFs and indexes. Dabbling in individual stocks is a different story, however.
Yea, I know you are correct. You may not remember, but me and you had a brief discussion about this over on the DC side a while back. I'm that type of guy that looks at investing like this. If I keep all my money and my employers match plus the little dab of interest/dividend it accumulates, I am satisfied. Like I said, I'm not a gambler.

And for the record, the in my reply was to his joke, not anything else. Definitely not trying to be rude or anything. I have a very meager traditional IRA and the 401k down at work. Love reading this thread and seeing how those of you who are brave are winning the game. Sometimes I wish my brain wasn't wired the way it is, I could possibly be making coin too
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:43 PM   #1718
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The real bite the last couple of days was there was no where to run but cash. Usually you would see bonds or even gold catching a bid but everything has been on sale. Today you did see bond yields come in a bit and the 10 yr is already back to 2.68% in from 2.88% less than 48 hours ago. The markets are still selling off world wide as we speak. Japan is down over 5% and London futures are down over 6% while Dow and SP500 futures in overnight trading are off 2% give or take.

A week ago every was screaming that we needed a correction. Today people are screaming cause we are getting it.
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Old 02-06-2018, 01:54 AM   #1719
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Whatís the reason you donít post in here more? We could use your great dialogue and knowledge.

This is probably my favorite CP thread. People are cordial, offer advice and thereís very little bickering.
Two primary reasons:
1/ My job is markets. I am literally glued to them 24hrs a day. I come to CP for the escape of hearing people heap scorn on Alex Smith.
2/ My expertise is global interest rates and my trading style lends itself to shorter-term (multi-day rather than multi-month) moves. My understanding was this thread was more geared toward discussing single name equity plays. I honestly feel I have no edge and nothing to add in that arena. All of the personal money I have invested (disclaimer: because of the nature of my job, I maintain a larger-than-normal cash allocation for mental health reasons) is passive.

The sad reality is the bulk of professionals who are paid to pick stocks and spend every waking moment attempting to do so aren't very good at their jobs. Markets are really, really, REALLY hard.
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:23 AM   #1722
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2 weeks ago I went all cash. First time I've ever timed it right. Lucky I guess but I went with my gut.
Nice. I was talking about it last week, but didn't do anything. Oh well, I'm in it for the long haul and have time to watch it bounce back.
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2 weeks ago I went all cash. First time I've ever timed it right. Lucky I guess but I went with my gut.
I keep thinking about pulling some out to diversify. I probably should've done that last week. Oh, well. Head down, teeth gritted, I'm buying into the wind.
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Yea, I know you are correct. You may not remember, but me and you had a brief discussion about this over on the DC side a while back. I'm that type of guy that looks at investing like this. If I keep all my money and my employers match plus the little dab of interest/dividend it accumulates, I am satisfied. Like I said, I'm not a gambler.

And for the record, the in my reply was to his joke, not anything else. Definitely not trying to be rude or anything. I have a very meager traditional IRA and the 401k down at work. Love reading this thread and seeing how those of you who are brave are winning the game. Sometimes I wish my brain wasn't wired the way it is, I could possibly be making coin too
Oh I do remember now! I do appreciate you being honest. We all have different pucker factors. I am in no way trying to change what you do.

That being said, the power of compounding interest is very real. People like to look at the highest value of their portfolio, and freak out when it loses money in a correction like this week. Truth be told, those with 25-30 year investment windows. who consistently contribute to retirement accounts, will come out vastly ahead of those who do not use such accounts, simply due to compounding interest of decades.

I have a family member who started investing into a stock market retirement account in 1978. Fast forward to 2008 when the market crashed. At that time they had contributed a total of $150k throughout those 30 years into this account. Even at the absolute bottom of the market in 2008, it was still worth $400k. Sure it was scary and worrisome to see their retirement money get cut in half! But as they told me, they were still well ahead of where they'd be if they had simply placed that money into a savings account all those years. Fast forward another 10 years to 2018, and without adding another penny to this account in those 10 years, it's now worth close to $1M.

That's the power of compounding interest at work.
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