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Old 01-04-2009, 04:43 PM   #21
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1966 -1982 plus good old gold, guns and freeze dryed food. In some ways 2008 was a yawner - been there done that - Saint's didn't make the playoffs - so what's new.

My defense was acceptable 3% SEC yield minimum but it could have been better(with a newer model crystal ball) heh heh heh.

This time it's different - I hope - I don't want to wait 15 plus years for things to sort out before the next bull market leg.

The Norwegian widow has enough dividends to party on - but I really rather see the next bull market start - AND the Saint's in the Superbowl.

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Old 01-04-2009, 05:02 PM   #22
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The Norwegian widow has enough dividends to party on - but I really rather see the next bull market start - AND the Saint's in the Superbowl.

heh heh heh -
Hey, this winter hasn't been THAT cold!

Me too.

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Old 01-05-2009, 08:10 AM   #23
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When I retired, 3 years ago at 57, Vanguard recommended 50/50. I told them I was planning on more like 60/40. Through mostly procrastination I never got money moved around to the full 60/40 and am now closer to 40/60 without taking anything out of the market, even adding a little last year.

Because of dumb luck and procrastination (how I make most of my best market moves), after bringing Quicken up to date over the weekend I discovered I have a little more now than I did when I retired, including paying for the last 3 years of living, buying a new car, a used truck, a camper and doing some big capital projects around the property. Made me feel much better about the last year.

I'll probably move a little cash in to the market as the year goes on but I will probably go with VGs recommendation now and aim for 50/50.

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Old 01-10-2009, 03:44 PM   #24
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Has 2008 adjusted your expectations for investments?

Yes, now I'm not so much worried about the return ON my investment as I am the return OF my investment.
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:49 PM   #25
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YES, I now feel like I need twice as much in savings in order to weather terrorist attacks, another economic downturn or two like this in my lifetime, prolonged flat market, etc.... I was looking forward to ER in 2-4 years, now I just don't feel like I can......

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