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Weekend reading: The bull market is one-year old, but the bear market is ten

Money articles and blog posts from around the web

My regular Saturday musings, plus a roundup of interesting blog posts and money-related articles.

Curiously, we saw two very different market anniversaries this week:

  • The new bull market is now a year on from touching those incredible stock market lows back in March 2009.
  • A decade ago, the ten-year bear market began as tech stocks started to slide. The NASDAQ is still less than half its peak.

I can remember where I was both times.

On March 11th 2009, I was writing a blog about the stock market lows, partly to remind myself that these things happen and not to panic! You can read about stock market crashes, but until you’ve got most of your net worth riding through one you can’t really know how it feels.

As for the ten-year bear, way back in late March 2000, after the first wobbles, a much younger version of me happened to be in Silicon Valley on business in the heart of the tech bubble.

As I remember it, people with jobs suspected the game was up, but it was like when Wiley Coyote runs off a cliff yet hasn’t looked down. Technology stocks hadn’t followed logic for such a long time that nobody knew what would happen.

At SFX airport I met two young people who’d flown in to join or start a dotcom company. I wonder what happened to them? People were walking around wearing ‘will code for food’ clapperboards in ironic fashion six months later.

Blog post of the week: An interview with me!

Sticking with the theme of ‘me’ rather than the markets, my blog post of the week is an interview I gave to Daniel of Sweating the Big Stuff.

I’m not being totally egotistical – since Daniel was kind enough to interview me, it seems rude not to mention it. (Plus Daniel is in the Yakezie!)

The interview was posted on Tuesday, the anniversary of the first birthday of the new bull market, and I recall:

I was well over 90% invested by the March 2009 lows, despite all the gloomy talk from bloggers and the mainstream media alike. Once I ran out of cash, bonds, REITs and so on to sell to buy stocks, I started selling my real world possessions to try and put more money into the market.

(This isn’t including my emergency fund, which is larger than normal because I’m self employed, and which everyone should have and consider sacrosanct).

I didn’t know the market would go up anytime soon – you can never know that. But I did judge it would do someday… stocks were just too cheap, and everyone was panicking like it was Doomsday. If the worst predictions had come true, cash would have been worthless anyway!

Fear not, modesty fans, I do go on to explain my big mistakes have cost me dearly, particularly not buying a house in the early Noughties. That’s cost me at least £200,000!

If for some reason you want to hear more from me (perhaps there’s mental illness in your family?) then Daniel’s interview is the place to go.

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  • 1 Financial Samurai March 13, 2010, 2:56 pm

    Sigh, if only I had only my money 2X leveraged into the market last March. 🙂 I’ve decided that a 4% annual rate of return is good enough for me. Didn’t lose, but didn’t make much over the past 10 years…. from the stock market just that one big rush 11 years ago.

    AsI calculate my growth in capital over the past 10 years, it really mostly just comes from earnings and savings. How about you?
    .-= Financial Samurai on: The Best Financial Advice I’ve Ever Heard From A Comedian =-.

  • 2 myfinancialobjectives March 13, 2010, 4:06 pm

    I took my gains since last march, and got out. I’d like to get back in soon, though my spider sense is telling me that there may be a market correction on the way. I think the market is out-pacing the economy. Though some have said that the Market predates the economy, AKA first the market crashed, then the economy followed. We are in a bull market right now, but will the economy follow on pace?
    .-= myfinancialobjectives on: The Ultimate Motivator: Compounding Interest =-.

  • 3 Daddy Paul March 15, 2010, 4:08 am

    This bear market is 10 years old. History shows they often last 17 years. 1974 was the bottom of the last bear which ended in 1982. With that if the NASDAQ is even close to 5000 in seven years I am all in.
    .-= Daddy Paul on: Health Savings accounts fund your future =-.

  • 4 The Digerati Life March 17, 2010, 10:43 pm

    Yep, I still remember those days that went from glory to gory in a few years’ time. Was a casualty of the dotcom era but would rather be considered a survivor. 🙂
    .-= The Digerati Life on: Ally Bank Interest Checking & 2 Year CD With Rate Increase Option =-.

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