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Old 05-14-2019, 12:01 AM   #41
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If I didn't FIREd I would be swooping in and buying like heck. People's pain is sometimes other people's glory.
for me , NOT YET !

but there are some moves beginning to kook interesting

is there some tax-selling still to come , or is it mostly over


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Old 05-14-2019, 06:17 AM   #42
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Before I FIREd last year I invested heavily in 2000, 2008-2009 when some thought the sky was falling and also I monthly auto invest from 1988-2018. However during the mortgage crisis I knew our country was screwed and I took advantage of the buying opportunities. Critics will always be critics.
2000 was before my investing days. In 2008-2009, I had a lot of cash investments that I had just been sitting on waiting for the right buying opportunity. Then the markets crashed, and I spent every penny on equities, and watched my money multiply very quickly...

Then I made the dumbest financial move I've ever made, and withdrew all of my investments to put down a healthy down payment on a house in 2010. I lived there for 5 years. Put about $20k into the house and then sold it for a 20% loss (not including the money I put into it) after it was sitting on the market for nearly 2 years. I still think back to what that money would have done in the market from 2010 until now if I had just rented. Sigh.
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Old 05-14-2019, 07:04 AM   #43
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Last Friday, I moved about 20% of our total investible assets from an S&P index fund to a total bond fund - getting from approx. 70/30 to 50/50. This was not market timing, but life timing. I officially retired May 1. It took me that long to talk through the whole situation with DW and for us to agree that a different AA was now appropriate.

Will it be a good move - who knows?
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Old 05-14-2019, 08:06 AM   #44
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Moderator note: If we can stick to discussion of the present market volatility and (especially) appropriate, practical actions we can take in response to that (if any), then we'll have a productive thread that can live a long time.
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Old 05-14-2019, 08:12 AM   #45
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I love reading what y'all post. I'm not all that good at trading, but I trade on instinct. The facts just confuse me.

BTW, I'm all out as of last Friday. I'll wait until I go back into the market.
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:27 AM   #46
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I have a standing BUY for IVV at 280 if it gets there. Will evaluate the next BUY point if that one triggers.
On 5/15, I bought at $285.85. $287.90 closing price on 5/17.
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Last month, I was forced to sell some stocks due to call options getting assigned. I then sold put options to buy them back at the same prices I sold them at, which were below market prices then.

These put options expired yesterday, and in the money. So, I have to buy them back, above the current market prices as they dropped badly in just last week.

This purchase of 6 figures will drive my stock AA back up. Darn!
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I read about a thousand times that market timing was generally a bad move for investors. Has this changed?
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Nothing has changed over the years.

If market timing causes you to buy high/sell low, it is not good.
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