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PostSat Apr 04, 2020 7:41 pm 
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Depends on a lot of factors.  Age, employment status, dependents, financial situation, etc.
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PostSat Apr 04, 2020 9:34 pm 
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catsp wrote:
But if it makes it easier, presume an investor that, for whatever reason, is already sitting all in cash. Put it into the market now or stay in cash for the time being?

This is a fool's errand. The S&P is what, ~ 30% down? If you for some bizarre reason have tons of cash sitting around and are wondering if you should invest, then you will never time it right - you invest when you're mentally ready to invest. You will never time the "bottom" because no one can predict when that will be. A 30% discount is better than a larger discount that's hypothetical (or no discount at all). Read your JL Collins.

If you're already invested, check the current state of your allocations and rebalance if necessary, but otherwise ignore all this noise.

If this thread is just for "fun," then you should make an actual prediction and wager some hypothetical dollars on it. Or maybe a six pack.  wink.gif

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PostSun Apr 05, 2020 5:47 pm 
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Check out 1966-82 for an interesting investing period. Stocks went up and down, but basically went nowhere. It was a short period of time though, only 16 years.
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PostMon Apr 06, 2020 4:55 am 
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Toms correct as usual.  That said, this wouldn't be happening if we let the Vulcans run wall street!  This kind of thing just shows that even normally intelligent people who look forward and invest often act like sheep at the wrong timel


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PostMon Apr 06, 2020 7:04 pm 
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catsp wrote:
But if it makes it easier, presume an investor that, for whatever reason, is already sitting all in cash. Put it into the market now or stay in cash for the time being?

Do you want to invest in something like an S&P fund that covers a larger share of the market, individual stocks, or what?  I'd expect dinner companies to go up in the coming year, I think Glaxo is working on a vaccine.  Some socks have bottomed out and others have more free fall ahead of them.

I'm mostly invested in mutual funds, I'm not looking for a long time.  But I'm 42.
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PostMon Apr 06, 2020 7:55 pm 
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Cyclopath wrote:
I'd expect dinner companies to go up in the coming year, I think Glaxo is working on a vaccine. Some socks have bottomed out and others have more free fall ahead of them.

I'm not sure how much of that was autocorrect, but I think this is about as meaningful as most investment advice gets.  wink.gif

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PostMon Apr 06, 2020 8:22 pm 
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I feel kind of bad these days about sending my Darn Tough socks that have "bottomed out" in for warranty replacement.  But really, dare me to wear out a pair of socks, and you're going to look pretty silly.

Anyway have fun trying to "beat the market" with anything other than luck or insider info.
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PostMon Apr 06, 2020 8:28 pm 
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Bosterson wrote:
I'm not sure how much of that was autocorrect, but I think this is about as meaningful as most investment advice gets.  wink.gif

Sometimes I think my auto-correct has an alcohol problem.  And it replaces every third word with dinner.
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PostTue Apr 07, 2020 12:59 am 
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Backpacker Joe wrote:
Toms correct as usual.

I didn't make any short term predictions.  Won't know for at least another decade.
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PostSun Apr 19, 2020 6:42 pm 
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The check it too small to make much difference in a portfolio. Better to spend it on what pleases you, and besides, the spending will help the economy a little bit.

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