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View Poll Results: What I did to my equity holding since August 1st, 2007
I don't like this poll. 3 1.95%
Sold 75+% 3 1.95%
Sold 50+% 0 0%
Sold 25+% 0 0%
Sold 10+% 4 2.60%
Stayed put. No buying, no selling. 110 71.43%
Bought 10+% more 29 18.83%
Bought 25+% more 3 1.95%
Bought 50+% more 1 0.65%
Bought 75+% more 1 0.65%
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:13 PM   #21
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:15 PM   #22
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If you're thinking about getting back in the market,
FWIW, I have never left the market.

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..., consider that mid-October has started a lot of holiday rallies and the government is ramping up the economy for an election year.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:26 PM   #23
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I did move $2K from cash into VTSMX for my kids' college today. But I would have done that soon anyway...it was sort of a discretionary buy.

Other than that and the typical paycheck 401(k) contribution, just standing pat.

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Old 08-16-2007, 05:33 PM   #24
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I did move $2K from cash into VTSMX for my kids' college today. But I would have done that soon anyway...it was sort of a discretionary buy.

Other than that and the typical paycheck 401(k) contribution, just standing pat.

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That's the cool thing about making regular 401K contributions (or TSP, in my case). We just keep DCA'ing into these funds, whether the market is up or down. I didn't even count my TSP contribution when I answered the poll.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:44 PM   #25
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I was waiting for a dip to buy...and the dip turned into a cliff.
So, technically I put in +20% investment during the dip, unfortunately not at the lowest point...which is to be determined.
I'm well into the red now, sad to say experience.

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Old 08-16-2007, 05:50 PM   #26
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Sold and then immediately bought back similar stuff. Finally have some tax losses to harvest! Woohoo!
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:13 PM   #27
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I bought VEU & VTI last week, but they continue to fall - bummer!:confused:
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:24 PM   #28
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Checking the weather report - there have been no long power failures in Valley Forge - Vanguard computers probably have backup bats' any wise.

Target Retirement 2015 - ya gotta love automatic!

In keeping with 'sell in May and go away'. - my crystal ball says wait till the Saints open regular season against last years Superbowl champs before adjusting any of the Norwegian widow stocks.

Of course - one must be careful about past performance - a least with the stock market. Right?

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Old 08-16-2007, 06:27 PM   #29
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So far I'm standing pat. I'm still a bit ahead for the year (although that could only last a few more days at this rate) and that encourages me to hang on for the ride. I don't feel like I'm over-weighted in equities, so I can't see selling now.
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Sold and then immediately bought back similar stuff. Finally have some tax losses to harvest! Woohoo!
Ditto! I've saved myself thousands of dollars in taxes!!! Woohoo!
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Ditto! I've saved myself thousands of dollars in taxes!!! Woohoo!
Isn't the term 'deferred'?
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Isn't the term 'deferred'?
Not quite. I will use the losses to offset ordinary income and short term gains taxed at 33%, but the replacement gains will be held long term and those gains will be taxed at 15%. So that means Uncle Sam pays for 18% of my losses.
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i've been nibbling, but have fortunately been cautious so i still have a chunk sitting on the side-lines ...
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I voted "stayed put" but I did invest some money in the market by way of scheduled 401K, IRA and taxable account contributions (although it represents only about 1.2% of total portfolio). I haven't sold any equities but I did reduce the credit risk in my fixed income portfolio. I have some cash on the sidelines that I will inject in the market a little bit at a time.
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Old 08-17-2007, 03:26 AM   #35
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I have learned to not try to time the market. I can point to few times that I guessed correctly. And if I got it right on one side of trade (for example got out)... I missed the other side (getting back in at the right time). I would only sell equities that were in trouble (looking like bankruptcy or fundamental problems). If the investment is a good one, I would hold it.


I use asset allocation. On the equity portion of the portfolio (the %)... Like Texas Holdem... I am all in!

I will just ride the waves and let some of those big upward equity waves slosh into my tranquil lagoon of bonds/fixed.

Thats my story, I am sticking to it.


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i wound up buying a bunch about 1/2 way down because i had just moved the remainder of my ira to vanguard. but then it kept on going down, bummer. i would be depressed about that but since i'm down 30% on real estate, what i've lost in the market hardly bugs me at all.

i'm pretty sure i was just mean for a weekly check or my allowance. i don't seem to get the hang of this. and since i have no intention of ever working again and mom is dead, um, anyone wanna adopt me? i come with a decreasing dowry but a well-stocked sense of humor.
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As usual, I did nothing.

I considered moving 50% of the bond funds into equities just to prove I'm so smart. But, what if I wasn't? Plus 64 is no age to gamble. "You gotta know when to hold 'em; know when to fold 'em; know when to walk away; know when to run."
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We did some tax loss harvesting and thinned out the portfolio, which was much needed.

However we will now return to our normal schedule of purchasing once a week and we continue to buy via a few DRIP programs we participate in.
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I did move $2K from cash into VTSMX for my kids' college today. But I would have done that soon anyway...it was sort of a discretionary buy.

Other than that and the typical paycheck 401(k) contribution, just standing pat.

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Hey lookee! I'm a contrarian indicator!

(Because I made the buy late yesterday afternoon, I got today's closing price.)

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staying put for lotsa reasons:
-most holdings in taxable accounts
-buy & hold so would be facing big CG even to sell "losers" or less-desireable holdings; I also don't rebalance (bad!) for this reason.
-80% equities/10%bonds/10%cash; see above (urk!)

I would rather be buying but I have to take a close look at how much cash we really have to throw at this situation.. would rather not exacerbate any losses. As of today I looked and with Friday's prices YTD we are still up 6.5% (portfolio gains & investment income only) so I can't really say I am feeling any serious pain as of yet.

The same report run on Thursday's prices said 5.1%; on Wednesday's 10.3%.. big difference between 5% and 10%, but what can ya do? YTD 8/1/07 it was 12.6% (nice, but 6.5% is ok, too.. taking into account that if I look back 365 days to 8/18/06 the "year's" return for me was 16.3% -- sometimes the choice of "frame" is important).

The difference between the 5% ytd return and the 10% ytd return is predicated on a change (Wed.->Thurs.) of only 3% of the underlying portfolio which then got back about 1% (Thurs.->Fri.).

Not particularly scary yet, and even if it were I'm not convinced churning or pulling $ out is the appropriate solution.

Here's one way of looking at it:
Forbes.com: Digital Rules By Rich Karlgaard

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Interesting! I figured more buyers than sellers.. but as of now the responses are 27/4 - quite a difference.
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