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    It’s still lucky if you manage not to be very sick or disabled. My job made me very grateful for things that are beyond my control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetana3 View Post
    Iris, I still think we are twins separated at birth. In exactly the same situation. In fact, just talking about the market yesterday. Never have done the "popular" thing either.
    I know! We do share many similarities!

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    My story is that I didn't really recover, the divorce was a big part of it and going to grad school for a solid career (didn't happen due to the recession). So I am here, don't have much of anything, not doing stocks again, and probably not retiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    I knew that would get to some of you. Anyone else care to comment? Alan? LDAHL? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    But it's true. It's not a political statement. It's a mathematical fact. If you lose all your money when the stock market tanks, it takes a long time to rebound. If you were able to let your investments ride, you did OK. There were a lot of middle class Americans who lost their life savings, similar to the Great Depression. They had nothing to let ride and rebound. They had to start from scratch. I'm not the only one. My DD's bf's family also lost their home to foreclosure. They worked their whole lives as teachers and now, in their early 60s are playing catch-up. It's easy to cheer for the bull market if you still have a bull.
    Since you asked, I think your experience speaks more to the temptations and dangers of leverage than to the intrinsic wickedness of those who dabble in the dark arts of finance. Asset prices will not always rise when we need them to. The downside risk is always lurking under the surface, and people shouldn’t risk more than they can afford to lose. Arbitraging a debt against an assumption of rising asset prices or an ongoing source of income can do very well for you or end in disaster.

    Markets exist to distribute capital and risk, not to reward virtue. It’s better to be lucky than smart, but it’s also true that “chance favors the prepared mind”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDAHL View Post
    Since you asked, I think your experience speaks more to the temptations and dangers of leverage than to the intrinsic wickedness of those who dabble in the dark arts of finance.
    I wasn't going to continue on, but yes, LDAHL, it's that. I'm not "blaming" the wealthy for taking my money away--I readily admit that I didn't even entertain the notion that the housing market bubble would burst, and yes, I did know I was heavily leveraged, but figured it would all work out and I'd be clear in less than 6 months.

    it’s also true that “chance favors the prepared mind”.
    Yes, true, but as my mother always taught me, sometimes "Man plans and God laughs." I had a plan and I just couldn't hear God chuckling.
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    I believe the reason the market soared when The Donald was elected was because investors (rightly) believed The Donald would dismantle regulations that protect our environment and finances.

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    Well, a day like yesterday certainly gives me the fon-tons, Molly.

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