With all this craziness in the economy...

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  1. Mickey Fliers

    Mickey Fliers (Not so)Tagless<br><font color=blue>"Sometimes you

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    what are we supposed to do about our investments? Seriously, someone help me out. I am trying to understand all this, but if I call my financial advisor, I don't know that I will get impartial advice ;) .

    Are you planning to keep investing every month like nothing is happening? I guess buying in at lower rates. We currently invest monthly in mutual funds, IRA's, 401s and 529s. I am not sure if I should put a stop to this for awhile and cash out what I have or just ride it out, continue to buy monthly at the lower rates. What do you all plan to do?

    Sorry if this sounds silly.
     
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  3. isyt

    isyt DIS Veteran

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    You know I was actually going to post the same question. I was thinking of pulling some back out of 401k and build it in savings until the end of the year. Don't know if its the way to go but was hoping to get some opinions here.

    Thanks
     
  4. HeatherC

    HeatherC <font color=blue>Alas...these people I live with t

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    I know the economy sounds very scary now, but historically those who have continued to invest through the "bad times" have always come out ahead. Continuing to make purchases when share prices are lower allows you to purchase more shares over time (dollar cost averaging). Eventually the market will go back up and you will have more shares than those who decided not to invest.

    Guess I'd say....check out what Warren Buffett is doing. That is one smart man!
     
  5. sk8ingmom

    sk8ingmom <font color=teal>I get funny looks from people who

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    We're going to keep buying at the same $ per month we always have - mutuals, IRAs, 529, 401k. Cheap shares now = lots more shares when the price goes back up.

    Having said that, every family's situation is different. We are in our mid-30's so we have a lot of time to ride it out. We have a fix-rate mortgage on our forever house (currently a rental) and a fixed-for-four-years rental lease on the house we are living in. Also, DH & I both have jobs that are not likely to be affected by economic swings.

    Change any one of those things and we might not have the same 'ride it out' strategy.
     
  6. rcpae

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    My DH and I were just discussing this last night. He was telling me that a guy at is work is looking to take a large amount of money out of his 401k to pay off his mortgage. He says he is making far less than what he is paying in interest, although I don't know if he's considered that his mortgage interest is tax deductible??

    Right now we are sticking with what we have, but watching closely.
     
  7. Joel110

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    Keep investing for your goals. If you were appropriately invested 9 months ago, then your investments shouldn't need to be changed because of market timing. The average investor actually tends to do worse than the markets because they pull their money out when the markets are down and put it back in when the markets are high. In fact, a lot of research shows that women are better investors than men, because men are much more likely to tinker with their portfolios by frequent trading and trying to market time while women are more likely to put the money in their accounts and let it go. The other reason women often do better is that they don't go in full-bore (super aggressive), then when the rollercoaster hits the bottom of the hill, pull completely out. They tend to pick a moderate portfolio that grows steady without the big market swings that tend to push the emotional buttons, which create the wrong knee-jerk reactions.

    A google of "women better investors" will bring up lots of info.
     
  8. lovetomow

    lovetomow I'm skinny and I'm sexy!!

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    :confused3 I've got about 35 years to retirement so I'm doing nothing with mine. They will go down but they will eventually come back up.
     
  9. LuckyMamaInDE

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    A well-diversified portfolio, in line with your future needs and risk tolerance, will ride out any market fluctuations.

    If you don't trust your current financial advisor, may I suggest you shop around for a different one.

    Signed,
    The wife of a CFP who hears about all the panicky phone calls and emails.....
     
  10. NCTWINSMOM

    NCTWINSMOM Mouseketeer

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  11. kfeuer

    kfeuer <font color=blue>My kids are going to think I'm ol

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    I'm leaving everything as is and will continue our current contributions. There's no reason to have a knee-jerk reaction with long-term investments if you're many years away from retirement.

    However, I do worry for my parents. After 40+ years with the same company, he's being forced into early retirement. Luckily they shouldn't have to draw on their investments in the next few years, but it's a scary time for retirees. Luckily my father has several hobbies that could be turned into money-making enterprises if need be.
     
  12. mikehn

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    Great advice. Keep investing. However, the important thing to keep in mind is, don't just stick your money into any ole investment, make sure your investments are appropriately balanced for risk.
     
  13. mikehn

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    A huge mistake to pull money out of a 401k prematurely to begin with. The ultimate mistake to use it to pay off your mortgage.
     
  14. MsStinkerBelle

    MsStinkerBelle Hittin' WDW Since Space Mountain was 'Coming Soon'

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    I'm still investing. The only change I've made is to open a Roth 401K in addition to my regular 401K and increase contributions to my daughter's 529 accounts (regular and UTMA) but that was planned before the markets started going crazy. I've gone through the 2001 recession and didn't modify my investment patterns. If anything I was able to increase my portfolio value once the market recovered (I bought low and sold high).

    I'm only 37 and will probably work until I'm 65 mainly because I'm a workaholic. I've been investing the maximum in a 401K since I got my first real job after grad school when I was 28. I've rode out a few crazy market cycles with more to come and no plans to pull out.

    If anything, I'm scouting for 'bargains'. :thumbsup2
     
  15. Chicago526

    Chicago526 <font color=red>Any dream will do...<br><font colo

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    Yep! Stocks are on sale and I'm on a shoping spree! Well, I'm investing the same amount as usual, but if I had the extra money I'd be doubling down!

    It IS a bit disconcerting to look at my 401k balance and see it down so much in such a short amount of time (this 1st quarter has been killer). But I'm almost 32, I'm not retireing for AT LEAST another 25 years, this will not be my only bear market, I'm sure! The only people that need to worry are those with a short investment time frame (ie, you're retireing next year or your kid starts college in the fall). Those people may need to make some changes to their investment strategy. The rest of us should go along like nothing is going wrong. Keep an eye on your investments of couse, sometimes it's better to cut your losses in certain stocks or funds, but over all, just keep on keeping on! :)
     
  16. Joel110

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    :eek: Not only the deductability of mortgage insurance, but he'll get hammered on taxes and if he's under age 59-1/2, he'll owe a 10% early withdrawal penalty. So, 40% or more of his account could likely go to the government.
     
  17. mominwestlake

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    I was wondering this same thing. If we invest $100 a month and our fund loses money each month- aren't we just throwing money away?
     
  18. LeslieG

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    I was planning on doing nothing, but then they had a guy on the news last night who said those who continue to buy stocks don't understand the dramatic thing that is happening with this economy. I know, all the news shows can make you scared of everything, but this guy caught my attention. This crisis does seem different than anything I've ever seen.
     
  19. patsal

    patsal <font color=FF3399>I've discovered I don't need to

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    Not necessarily, see your 100 will purchase more shares when the shares are at a lower price. So if each share was going for 50 you were able to purchase 2 per month, now if the price is 25 per share you can buy four shares per month--when they go back up you will have more shares worth the new price that you paid much less for.
     
  20. patsal

    patsal <font color=FF3399>I've discovered I don't need to

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    So what exactly did they suggest people should do? Around here the financial guys are saying eep your investment level the same, and just don't open this quarters statement--file it away and deal with it after things have stabelized.
     
  21. sarahlovesmickey

    sarahlovesmickey <font color=darkorchid>I could probably make Shake

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    We were advised not to touch our 457 accounts. I don't even want them to send me a statement this quarter. I am scared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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