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« Reply #350 on: March 10, 2020, 07:20:25 PM »
Uh, no, because I'm not in a group prone to major complications from the flu (those being the very young and very old, or those with compromised immune systems). Similarly, I don't interact with the at risk groups often enough to warrant getting a flu vaccine.

By the same logic, I'm not even remotely worried about coronavirus, because for me personally and those I interact with, it's not a big deal.

Spoken like someone who has never had the flu, and/or is so young and naive they think they're indestructible. Or just doesn't give a crap about anyone else and doesn't mind the possibility of spreading the flu to more vulnerable individuals.

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I hope that in a few months were all chuckling about the hysteria. But I'm not so sanguine about this just because the consequences for misjudging it might be so severe.    I spoke with a friend earlier this evening who has a similar attitude as mr. foot does and i find it a bit - Ill say it, childish.  I hope i get it soon.  Im not changing my life one bit. Ok then.  Even if you don't personally suffer any major issues from this virus, you could very easily pass it to other people who will. I had the regular flu already this year and that is plenty for me, thanks. 

The irony is that if most people started taking this seriously before it seems like its urgent in your area, we might dodge this thing without too many people dying.   But to take it seriously now in most places here in the US makes you look like an alarmist or a prepper of some sort.  I don't mean hoarding supplies or wearing a mask, just saying no thanks to big gatherings and maybe avoiding large meetings at the office.

Im concerned about where we may find ourselves in about 10 or 12 days if everyone goes to St Patricks parties and parades. 

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« Reply #351 on: March 10, 2020, 10:03:38 PM »
It's possible summer temperatures halt the spread of the virus.  A counter point is places like Bahrain with temperatures in the high 70s that are experiencing community spread of the virus.

The U.S. just passed 1,000 cases according to https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

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« Reply #352 on: March 11, 2020, 05:13:48 AM »
It's possible summer temperatures halt the spread of the virus.  A counter point is places like Bahrain with temperatures in the high 70s that are experiencing community spread of the virus.

The U.S. just passed 1,000 cases according to https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

That was Trump's talking point that it will magically disappear in April, but experts say there's no evidence that will be the case.

https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-02-27/coronavirus-may-not-be-slowed-down-by-warmer-weather-scientists-warn

Some say there may be a temporary decrease only to reappear stronger in the fall.

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« Reply #353 on: March 11, 2020, 06:19:21 AM »
It's possible summer temperatures halt the spread of the virus.  A counter point is places like Bahrain with temperatures in the high 70s that are experiencing community spread of the virus.

The U.S. just passed 1,000 cases according to https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

That was Trump's talking point that it will magically disappear in April, but experts say there's no evidence that will be the case.

https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-02-27/coronavirus-may-not-be-slowed-down-by-warmer-weather-scientists-warn

Some say there may be a temporary decrease only to reappear stronger in the fall.

The tendency for seasonal illnesses to abate during warmer weather in northern countries has little to do with the actual outside temperatures (at least not directly).  Simply put, when the weather is nicer we spend more time outside in more open spaces and less indoors in small crowded groups. In other words, in the summer we naturally have more summer distancing.

The virus doesnt care that whether its 30F outside or 85F, and it can spread during summer, winter, fall, whatever.  It spreads based on the number of infected people and how many close-counter interactions it has with other potential carriers. 
It shouldnt surprise anyone that tropical climates like Bahrain are susceptible - they get the flu just as people in Norway and Canada do.

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« Reply #354 on: March 11, 2020, 07:36:40 AM »
It's possible summer temperatures halt the spread of the virus.  A counter point is places like Bahrain with temperatures in the high 70s that are experiencing community spread of the virus.

The U.S. just passed 1,000 cases according to https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

That was Trump's talking point that it will magically disappear in April, but experts say there's no evidence that will be the case.

https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-02-27/coronavirus-may-not-be-slowed-down-by-warmer-weather-scientists-warn

Some say there may be a temporary decrease only to reappear stronger in the fall.

The tendency for seasonal illnesses to abate during warmer weather in northern countries has little to do with the actual outside temperatures (at least not directly).  Simply put, when the weather is nicer we spend more time outside in more open spaces and less indoors in small crowded groups. In other words, in the summer we naturally have more summer distancing.

The virus doesnt care that whether its 30F outside or 85F, and it can spread during summer, winter, fall, whatever.  It spreads based on the number of infected people and how many close-counter interactions it has with other potential carriers. 
It shouldnt surprise anyone that tropical climates like Bahrain are susceptible - they get the flu just as people in Norway and Canada do.

Human proximity plays a significant role but there are studies suggesting that temperature impacts survivability and spread of certain viruses.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080330203401.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25462179

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« Reply #355 on: March 11, 2020, 08:22:30 AM »
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The tendency for seasonal illnesses to abate during warmer weather in northern countries has little to do with the actual outside temperatures (at least not directly).  Simply put, when the weather is nicer we spend more time outside in more open spaces and less indoors in small crowded groups. In other words, in the summer we naturally have more summer distancing.

The virus doesn’t care that whether it’s 30F outside or 85F, and it can spread during summer, winter, fall, whatever.  It spreads based on the number of infected people and how many close-counter interactions it has with other potential carriers. 
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that tropical climates like Bahrain are susceptible - they get the flu just as people in Norway and Canada do.

That's not true, depending on the virus. 

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At humidity levels of 23 percent, 70 to 77 percent of the flu virus particles were still able to cause an infection an hour after the coughing simulation. But when humidity levels were raised to 43 percent, just 14 percent of the virus particles had the ability to infect. Most of the flu particles became inactive 15 minutes after they were released into the humid air. "The virus just falls apart," at high humidity levels, said study researcher John Noti, of the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2014/the-reason-for-the-season-why-flu-strikes-in-winter/
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« Reply #356 on: March 11, 2020, 09:59:48 AM »
I always thought it was largely because cold weather suppresses immune systems? I know for sure that   on the rare occasions I do get sick in warm weather I recover much more quickly than I do in February.

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« Reply #357 on: March 11, 2020, 05:02:11 PM »
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The tendency for seasonal illnesses to abate during warmer weather in northern countries has little to do with the actual outside temperatures (at least not directly).  Simply put, when the weather is nicer we spend more time outside in more open spaces and less indoors in small crowded groups. In other words, in the summer we naturally have more summer distancing.

The virus doesnt care that whether its 30F outside or 85F, and it can spread during summer, winter, fall, whatever.  It spreads based on the number of infected people and how many close-counter interactions it has with other potential carriers. 
It shouldnt surprise anyone that tropical climates like Bahrain are susceptible - they get the flu just as people in Norway and Canada do.

That's not true, depending on the virus. 

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At humidity levels of 23 percent, 70 to 77 percent of the flu virus particles were still able to cause an infection an hour after the coughing simulation. But when humidity levels were raised to 43 percent, just 14 percent of the virus particles had the ability to infect. Most of the flu particles became inactive 15 minutes after they were released into the humid air. "The virus just falls apart," at high humidity levels, said study researcher John Noti, of the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2014/the-reason-for-the-season-why-flu-strikes-in-winter/

I do think covid inactivated faster at higher temperatures.  Think your package sitting in a ups truck in the hot sun.  But the humidity quote goes the other way for me since RH is much higher here in the winter than in the summer.  Maybe its absolute humidity that matters?

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« Reply #358 on: March 11, 2020, 08:22:35 PM »

Dow futures are down over 1000 points since Trump's speech.  This market is just going to keep dropping, where it stops, nobody knows.

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« Reply #359 on: March 11, 2020, 08:27:30 PM »
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The tendency for seasonal illnesses to abate during warmer weather in northern countries has little to do with the actual outside temperatures (at least not directly).  Simply put, when the weather is nicer we spend more time outside in more open spaces and less indoors in small crowded groups. In other words, in the summer we naturally have more summer distancing.

The virus doesnt care that whether its 30F outside or 85F, and it can spread during summer, winter, fall, whatever.  It spreads based on the number of infected people and how many close-counter interactions it has with other potential carriers. 
It shouldnt surprise anyone that tropical climates like Bahrain are susceptible - they get the flu just as people in Norway and Canada do.

That's not true, depending on the virus. 

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At humidity levels of 23 percent, 70 to 77 percent of the flu virus particles were still able to cause an infection an hour after the coughing simulation. But when humidity levels were raised to 43 percent, just 14 percent of the virus particles had the ability to infect. Most of the flu particles became inactive 15 minutes after they were released into the humid air. "The virus just falls apart," at high humidity levels, said study researcher John Noti, of the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2014/the-reason-for-the-season-why-flu-strikes-in-winter/

Hmm interesting. Well I'm in a very hot and humid place so I guess I'll probably be fine. That and I'm in my 30s so the risk of death based on the data so far for someone my age is about 1 in a thousand.

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« Reply #360 on: March 11, 2020, 08:51:33 PM »

Dow futures are down over 1000 points since Trump's speech.  This market is just going to keep dropping, where it stops, nobody knows.

Just think if it drops much more it'll almost be to levels it was 3 years ago!

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« Reply #361 on: March 11, 2020, 08:53:52 PM »
I opened up a Roth 401k for my business this year and funded it with a piddly $500 - mostly because I just wanted something in there. I have other buckets I need to fill before filling this bucket (HSA, Roth IRA, 401k, etc.) so it's only $500. But I bought some stock today with my $500. Sale! Sale! Sale!

Not to say that I'm not worried. I am very worried. Not about my money, but about the old people in my life, about the fragile nonprofit I volunteer for and the vulnerable people we serve, how best to continue serving them in the days that are coming, how best to serve my own clients (most very vulnerable to coronavirus), and how hard the coronavirus is going to make everyone's life for a while. I am also having a very tough time wrapping my head around life in a coronavirus infected world. It's mind boggling.

I read a statistic today that new coronavirus cases have increased 13fold in the last two weeks world wide. I haven't fact checked that or anything, but if true, and the trend continues, which maybe it will or maybe it won't, but if it does, that would mean our roughly 1000 cases in the US today will be 130k in 2 weeks (sounds icky), 1.69 mil in 4 weeks (eye popping), 22 mil in 6 weeks (jaw dropping), 285 mil in 8 weeks (#@!%). My mind blown, I had to look up population of the US - apparently about 327 mil.

Wow.

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« Reply #362 on: March 11, 2020, 09:09:56 PM »

Dow futures are down over 1000 points since Trump's speech.  This market is just going to keep dropping, where it stops, nobody knows.

Just think if it drops much more it'll almost be to levels it was 3 years ago!

I would not be at all surprised if we get to eight years ago prices.

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« Reply #363 on: March 11, 2020, 09:39:44 PM »

Dow futures are down over 1000 points since Trump's speech.  This market is just going to keep dropping, where it stops, nobody knows.

Just think if it drops much more it'll almost be to levels it was 3 years ago!

I would not be at all surprised if we get to eight years ago prices.

I will be surprised if we drop much below 2,000 (4 years ago prices). Eight years ago prices would be 1,400 and a close to -60% drop peak to trough.

In the short term though, ever since Trump's address to the nation S&P futures are flirting with their limit down for the night (currently at -4.6% at the moment, limit until the market opens tomorrow morning is -5.0%).

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« Reply #364 on: March 11, 2020, 10:39:42 PM »
Eight years ago prices would be 1,400 and a close to -60% drop peak to trough.

We were discussing the Dow and I took 55% off the record close and had to go back eight years to find that price. Since I lived through the financial crisis I'm never surprised to see the markets take 55% off the top. This might be one of those times.

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« Reply #365 on: March 11, 2020, 11:11:16 PM »
To not get board with the majority of my portfolio in treasuires and gold, have been doing the seesaw of SQQQ on up days to cash on down days with only about 10k. This has kept the portfolio well into the green percentage wise. Might be good as long as the fed keeps on pumping and reacting. I wouldn't do this with more then a little play money though. I think puts on HYG would be amazing right now. There are going to be massive defaults in junk bonds potentially.
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« Reply #366 on: March 12, 2020, 04:56:53 AM »
We were discussing the Dow and I took 55% off the record close and had to go back eight years to find that price. Since I lived through the financial crisis I'm never surprised to see the markets take 55% off the top.
A century ago that happened over years, during the great depression.  Besides the great depression and the financial crisis of 2008, when has the market dropped -55%?  I would say it's very, very rare, and very unlikely.  Not impossible, but not something to plan around.

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« Reply #367 on: March 12, 2020, 06:02:38 AM »
I'm taking the view that I don't need this money for 30 years and buying as much as I can for as long as I can...thinking I can stretch it out for a year or so.

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« Reply #368 on: March 12, 2020, 07:18:03 AM »
PDXTabs, didn't realize you were talking only about the dow and not the markets generally. Putting aside the particular index, I'd be surprised if we see a drop as big as the great recession and the great depression, but if it happens it happens.

Looks like S&P 500 futures did indeed hit limit down overnight again (-5%) which puts them almost exactly at 2,600. Will see where the market opens in about 15 minutes.

Edit: And now hit the first circuit breaker (-7%) shortly after opening. Just like Monday. It's deja vu all over again.
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« Reply #369 on: March 12, 2020, 07:29:20 AM »
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The tendency for seasonal illnesses to abate during warmer weather in northern countries has little to do with the actual outside temperatures (at least not directly).  Simply put, when the weather is nicer we spend more time outside in more open spaces and less indoors in small crowded groups. In other words, in the summer we naturally have more summer distancing.

The virus doesnt care that whether its 30F outside or 85F, and it can spread during summer, winter, fall, whatever.  It spreads based on the number of infected people and how many close-counter interactions it has with other potential carriers. 
It shouldnt surprise anyone that tropical climates like Bahrain are susceptible - they get the flu just as people in Norway and Canada do.

That's not true, depending on the virus. 

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At humidity levels of 23 percent, 70 to 77 percent of the flu virus particles were still able to cause an infection an hour after the coughing simulation. But when humidity levels were raised to 43 percent, just 14 percent of the virus particles had the ability to infect. Most of the flu particles became inactive 15 minutes after they were released into the humid air. "The virus just falls apart," at high humidity levels, said study researcher John Noti, of the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2014/the-reason-for-the-season-why-flu-strikes-in-winter/

Hmm interesting. Well I'm in a very hot and humid place so I guess I'll probably be fine. That and I'm in my 30s so the risk of death based on the data so far for someone my age is about 1 in a thousand.

If you're talking about the flu, sure.  If you're talking about COVID, we don't know yet (or at least I haven't seen anything) since the coronavirus isn't an influenza virus.

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« Reply #370 on: March 12, 2020, 07:50:56 AM »
Use limit orders guys!

Also remember that the other day VGSH (Short term treasuries) spiked substantially up 25% the other day. Put in limit good till cancelled sell orders for weird flash moves just in case you can catch them, beat the algos and profit! Put in some orders on stocks I have wanted to own a long time but felt they were too expensive, have super low limit orders on them in case they dip really fast so I can scoop them up. there are going to be people that market order fire sale these things. Try to get in on that if you have any cash available. Might even be worth doing margin with rates so low on good quality companies that are most likely to still profit from this bear market still.
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« Reply #371 on: March 12, 2020, 08:17:37 AM »
I rebalanced in Feb when I had my fortieth birthday. Put everything 20% into bonds.

Grateful today for those bonds, they help me sleep.

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« Reply #372 on: March 12, 2020, 09:40:15 AM »
PDXTabs, didn't realize you were talking only about the dow and not the markets generally. Putting aside the particular index, I'd be surprised if we see a drop as big as the great recession and the great depression, but if it happens it happens.

The Dow is already down 27% from the top and the SP500 is already down 25% from the top, and most people in the USA haven't been put into a state of emergency yet. I don't pretend to have a crystal ball, but I think that markets could keep falling for a long time, whether or not it is a rational reaction to the pandemic. Also, now might be when we see all those BBB- rated bonds get downgraded to junk.

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« Reply #373 on: March 12, 2020, 09:41:49 AM »
I rebalanced in Feb when I had my fortieth birthday. Put everything 20% into bonds.

Grateful today for those bonds, they help me sleep.
Happy belated Birthday, Tex!

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« Reply #374 on: March 12, 2020, 10:30:38 AM »
PDXTabs, didn't realize you were talking only about the dow and not the markets generally. Putting aside the particular index, I'd be surprised if we see a drop as big as the great recession and the great depression, but if it happens it happens.

The Dow is already down 27% from the top and the SP500 is already down 25% from the top, and most people in the USA haven't been put into a state of emergency yet. I don't pretend to have a crystal ball, but I think that markets could keep falling for a long time, whether or not it is a rational reaction to the pandemic. Also, now might be when we see all those BBB- rated bonds get downgraded to junk.

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the nba cancelling season and trump shutting down travel to Europe just made this real for the country. maybe it just drops another 5% but expecting a reversal before april 1st at minimum and the country can get a hold of how serious it is gong to get isn't realistic.

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« Reply #375 on: March 12, 2020, 01:26:15 PM »
I just got a giant chunk of back pay from a delayed raise, and I shoved it all in my 403b.

That was always my plan, but it sure feels nice to get the stocks at a discount.

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« Reply #376 on: March 12, 2020, 01:41:21 PM »
I sold my entire post tax portfolio about a week ago. 401k and HSA remain invested. So far, this has saved me about 100k. Waiting for absolute panic before buying back in. Should shave a solid three or four years off my FIRE timeline.

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« Reply #377 on: March 12, 2020, 06:00:58 PM »
I rebalanced in Feb when I had my fortieth birthday. Put everything 20% into bonds.

Grateful today for those bonds, they help me sleep.
Everything 20%?

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« Reply #378 on: March 12, 2020, 06:07:50 PM »
The Dow is already down 27% from the top and the SP500 is already down 25% from the top, and most people in the USA haven't been put into a state of emergency yet. I don't pretend to have a crystal ball, but I think that markets could keep falling for a long time, whether or not it is a rational reaction to the pandemic.

S&P 500 is down almost 27% from the Feb 19 high now.  I also am expecting it to drop further.  It seems like all I'm hearing about is everything shutting down - that's got to be a big hit to the economy going forward.  A recession seems all but certain.  I'm not sure the government and Fed pushback is going to help much in this situation.  But at some point in this downward fall of stocks, I'll need to rebalance.  I had been conservatively invested at 43% equities, and a quick calculation shows I'm close to 35% equities now.  I haven't touched anything, yet.
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« Reply #379 on: March 12, 2020, 06:24:28 PM »
Wow, a thread full of market timers.  Did I log onto the wrong forum?

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« Reply #380 on: March 12, 2020, 06:38:08 PM »
Does anyone know EPS component by sector for the S&P?  I believe there are 11 sectors and trailing earnings are 180 or something like that.  Maybe if we had it by sector we could model it out abit.  OK oil and gas earnings are going to plummet - maybe one could look at the last oil crash to come up with a number there for example.  Then for the others estimate a 25% reduction in earnings or whatever.  Utilities sector probably stays steady, hell maybe even up since people staying at home more.  Anyone have this info??? 

I saw Goldman the other day still had 3200 end of year target (although dip to 2400....at the time market was at 2900).  I'm just curious how they are estimating the earnings.  Total guess of course but would be interesting.

Or conversely could people share how their businesses are doing?  I work for a construction company heavily impacted by oil and gas.  So far no impacts but this has just started, during the last oil crash many of our customers asked for immediate price relief and we had no choice but to do it.  I think everyone right now is just kind of shell shocked. 

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« Reply #381 on: March 12, 2020, 06:40:53 PM »

Dow futures are down over 1000 points since Trump's speech.  This market is just going to keep dropping, where it stops, nobody knows.

Just think if it drops much more it'll almost be to levels it was 3 years ago!

I would not be at all surprised if we get to eight years ago prices.

Australian share market has now dropped to 7 year lows.

Now I don't feel quite so bad about not being able to invest in shares at all (because I spent several years paying off my first home, and have spent a few years paying off my first investment property, so most of my net worth is tied up in those two properties plus cash plus business assets).

Tempted to put all the cash into shares but might wait a few days.

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« Reply #382 on: March 12, 2020, 07:06:33 PM »
Wow, a thread full of market timers.  Did I log onto the wrong forum?
That's what I've been thinking!  I just don't have the stomach for market timing.  I know if I stay in, eventually it will come back up again.  And I don't need it right now, so I'll be fine.  Good luck to all those trying to time things just right.  I hope you get back in before it's too late.  And just remember, even if you get it right this time, it doesn't mean you'll get it right every time.  Don't get too cocky.

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« Reply #383 on: March 12, 2020, 07:13:00 PM »
Wow, a thread full of market timers.  Did I log onto the wrong forum?
That's what I've been thinking! 

Is it? I think that there are very few people actually selling their assets.

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #384 on: March 12, 2020, 08:06:55 PM »
I tapped $4,000 of our taxable account to buy shares this afternoon because I couldn't help it. But I really need to get permission to continue.

Sadly, long term bonds have been tanking along with stocks since Monday so I have not tripped any more rebalancing bands.

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #385 on: March 12, 2020, 09:20:24 PM »
Wow, a thread full of market timers.  Did I log onto the wrong forum?
That's what I've been thinking! 

Is it? I think that there are very few people actually selling their assets.

Theyre trying to time the best moment to buy in. How low can it go? How do I know when stocks are at its lowest point so I can make the biggest profit? Thats still market timing.

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #386 on: March 12, 2020, 09:53:00 PM »
How low?  How long?
20,000 dead Americans from flu. 40,00,000 infected.

Seems media driven so far. Maybe not. Still on sidelines from 3,247

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #387 on: March 12, 2020, 10:56:02 PM »
Wow, a thread full of market timers.  Did I log onto the wrong forum?
That's what I've been thinking! 

Is it? I think that there are very few people actually selling their assets.

Theyre trying to time the best moment to buy in. How low can it go? How do I know when stocks are at its lowest point so I can make the biggest profit? Thats still market timing.

I admit Im not selling but trying to figure out when to invest some extra cash.  Id prefer to do it on a down day than an up day but I dont watch closely enough to have pulled the trigger today

I dont really think I can really beat the market but need more flexibility than x amount on the Y of every month

West coast trading hours are hard on me.  Never have time for finances in then mornings

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #388 on: March 13, 2020, 04:45:45 AM »
Wow, a thread full of market timers.  Did I log onto the wrong forum?
That's what I've been thinking! 

Is it? I think that there are very few people actually selling their assets.

Theyre trying to time the best moment to buy in. How low can it go? How do I know when stocks are at its lowest point so I can make the biggest profit? Thats still market timing.

I'm just looking at rebalancing, which is something you should do to maintain your AA, but not immediately with every dip/drop in the market.  Studies have shown that it's best not to rebalance as frequently.

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #389 on: March 13, 2020, 05:26:50 AM »
With this being the first big market "event" since my working career, I took advantage of it by doing some TLH yesterday in my Vanguard brokerage (my first time TLH!!). I also rebalanced back to my AA of 80% stocks 20% bonds to capture some of the stocks on sale. Who knows, it could keep dropping, but I'll just keep buying with my biweekly paycheck.

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #390 on: March 13, 2020, 05:32:51 AM »
Your IPS should include a timeline of when and how frequently you rebalance. If you cant be online when the markets open, set a limit order the night before at a price you can accept. If you like gambling, set the limit order price at a number that is lower than the current price, and set a length of time for your order to remain active.

Its fun for some to try to guess the market, and thats fine, as long as you realize that questions like How low can it go? And when is the best time to get in the market? and will it continue to drop? are moving into gambling territory and are not necessarily sound investment questions.

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #391 on: March 13, 2020, 08:39:51 AM »
I haven't changed anything thus far, my auto contributions to HSA/401k/IRA/Taxable continue unchanged. I get my annual bonus next week and I will put all of that in my taxable account (Hoping the market doesn't come roaring back before I get that deposit!). I look at this as an incredible opportunity to get some great returns. I think this has all blown over in a few months and the market has recovered by year-end.

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #392 on: March 13, 2020, 10:05:41 AM »
buying more! that is what I'm doing... spent 20k more on both fidelity total stock marking and vanguard total stock market yesterday and I will continue to buy as it goes down.

I'm 52 this year -

I figure this; if my lifestyle is 100k/yr... and I have 10M dollars and the market drops 50%, what do I care?  (btw I don't have 10M ... I don't even have 2M .. and at this rate, I may not have 1M - but I will keep pushing money into this until it explodes again.)


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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #393 on: March 13, 2020, 01:22:10 PM »
I rebalanced in Feb when I had my fortieth birthday. Put everything 20% into bonds.

Grateful today for those bonds, they help me sleep.
Happy belated Birthday, Tex!

Thanks! I rebalance on my birthday instead of quarter-end to try to move off market cycles.

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #394 on: March 13, 2020, 01:26:24 PM »
I rebalanced in Feb when I had my fortieth birthday. Put everything 20% into bonds.

Grateful today for those bonds, they help me sleep.
Everything 20%?

To clarify: Roth, 401K, each account has 20% bonds. Or had. I imagine that's changed in the last five weeks.

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #395 on: March 13, 2020, 02:40:06 PM »
Wow, a thread full of market timers.  Did I log onto the wrong forum?


funny how everybody now magically has cash on hand.  I'm thinking the folks sitting on cash are just now coming out of the woodwork.  Def been the majority of posts recently.

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #396 on: March 13, 2020, 02:42:21 PM »
Wow, a thread full of market timers.  Did I log onto the wrong forum?


funny how everybody now magically has cash on hand.  I'm thinking the folks sitting on cash are just now coming out of the woodwork.  Def been the majority of posts recently.

to get more back on topic, I did cash in my 11% bonds today and bought equities.  So, I did make changes in my 401k based on the Corona.  I'm currently sitting at 100% stocks.

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #397 on: March 13, 2020, 03:50:35 PM »

I don't have nor feel a need for an IPS, or rather everything is just in my head.  I think there was a poll on that quite a few months ago on this forum.  I've been at this for a long time, and I can make the best decision from the facts on the ground.  This virus isn't going away overnight, so I'm in no rush.  I've been placing limit orders for years.

I don't have any magic cash, but I do have quite a bit in a stable value fund in my retirement account that's part of my AA that I can use for AA rebalancing.

I fully expect to stocks to continue a downward trend after the dead cat bounce today.

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #398 on: March 13, 2020, 05:10:31 PM »
Wow, a thread full of market timers.  Did I log onto the wrong forum?
That's what I've been thinking! 

Is it? I think that there are very few people actually selling their assets.
There are more than I expected there to be on this forum.  Here are just the ones in this thread.  I'm sure I'm biased by all the other threads I've been reading too.  This doesn't count the people discussing how they want to market time and it's so obvious why they should, but didn't actually specifically say they were selling anything.

I am taking profits and moving to a more conservative allocations by halving my stock allocations.
I got out 70% of my investments a couple weeks ago. The rest is still in but I will leave it alone for 30 years.
I've never timed the market in my life but felt this time it was just too obvious what was going to happen. Plus the market was so overvalued to begin with.
I sold much of my VTSAX at 3,243
Someone died in my state now of CV and the Governor declared emergency. I cannot stay as fully invested in the stonk market as I am and will be moving a bit out.
well.....after last years run---I got nervous and pulled all my funds from S&P index on Jan 16....
I went to cash in all accounts some time ago.

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Re: Coronavirus - what are you doing with your investments / 401ks?
« Reply #399 on: March 13, 2020, 05:11:40 PM »
Well, when you put them all next to each other like that... I guess you have a point.

EDITed to add - I'm still 100% VT, save for a tiny emergency fund.