Are you focused on verbs or adjectives when you should be spending your time focused on nouns? Today is a typical market day; the market goes up; the market goes down. As I am recording this video podcast, the market is down about 3 or 4 percentage points, which just means that there is buying and selling and that’s what a lot of people seem to forget. [Written Monday afternoon – June 13, 2022] The stock is nothing more than an auction. There are people that are deciding to get out of the market, for whatever reason; they might think it’s overpriced, but on the other side of the buy-sell, there’s somebody buying in and saying, you know what, this is a good price, I want to buy in to the market because with every buyer there’s a seller and with every seller there’s a buyer. They’re just doing business.
You and I, if we’re planning correctly, we should always make certain that we have an opportunity fund. We should always have a savings account of some sort where we have liquid assets. We should also make certain that we have an emergency fund. So, money we’re planning to spend within the next 12-18 months, or 2-3 years should be some place relatively conservative where we don’t lose sleep at night and we that we know the money is going to be there when we need it.
Don’t get upset with your long-term money. Money that’s a noun. Don’t get too upset when someone is using verbs and adjectives to basically rattle your cage because they’re trying to sell more newspapers, they’re trying to get more hits on their websites, or they’re trying to sell you more stuff through their media exposure. So, they use words like tumble and plunge, slumps and sinks, plummet and crumbling and slides. Those are all words that I’ve taken off of the internet within the last half hour that’s talking about a market that is perhaps down 2,3,4 % depending upon what index you’re looking at in this point in time.
Stay focused on where your money is, the noun, and less on the emotions of your money, which is the verb or the adjectives. Again, money that you’re going to need immediately within the next year or two should already be positioned some place conservative, but the money that you’re not planning on using for 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 years down the road, think about the nouns. Don’t think about the verbs or the adjectives. Our job is to keep you focused; focused on what reality is.