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Old 01-16-2009, 09:06 PM   #21
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Taking a bit of a different view of the OP intent, I'll answer the question from a "lessons learned" perspective.

Knowing what I know now, I'd pay more attention to where and how my "safe" money is invested. I didn't suffer any significant harm this time around, but I had been a bit of a yield hog and owned a lot of stuff in my fixed income portfolio that all of a sudden didn't look as safe as I thought it was. I also had way, way, way too much exposure to my state government. Here I am carefully diversifying my equity investments a thousand different ways while at the same time I have ~30% of my money dependent on the solvency of NJ.

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Old 01-17-2009, 08:45 AM   #22
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OK, how about

'It's odd that for the first time in history anybody who could fog a mirror can get a million dollar house loan. Doesn't it seem like this is going to cause trouble?'

It's a probable guess. Just like investing in stocks is a probable guess that the future is bright.

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Sorry - but that is a totally false analogy.


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Old 01-17-2009, 09:27 AM   #23
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