Sunday, February 1, 2009

So much for saving... VFINX in the dumps

A dollar saved is a dollar earned?  Not so much.  So I've been investing in Vanguard's 500 Index (VFINX) for quite some time now.  The graphic above shows the 10 year performance of the fund.  The end of 2007 to now has hit the fund hard erasing gains and causing negative performance.  Bah.  So... what's an investor to do?  Is it a fire sale? Time to buy some new shares? Dollar Cost Average?  Mmm with "experts" prediciting further struggles and the abysmal performance in January causing the year outlook to be just as bad (As January goes, so goes the year...)  its a hard call.  Wait and you could miss those huge upside days.  Invest now and you could see further losses.

They say this recession is worse and more far reaching than any before and that the boost in the stock market post-recession can be a long time away and isn't guaranteed.  Is it the end of an era?  I'm in it for the long haul so I'll stay put for now.  Invest in some more shares slowly and hope things start to turn around.  Hope Warren is right... be fearful when others are greedy, be greedy when others are fearful.  

Steelers just won the Super Bowl. Super.

One Love, 


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