“Be careful what you wish for” goes the saying.
For the last few years, I’ve been wishing that the stock markets would crash so that I could take advantage and invest in lower priced stocks during my accumulation phase.
What’s happened isn’t quite what I had in mind.
In fact, I can’t really say what it was that I had in mind – just not this!
I wasn’t an investor during the financial crisis of 2008, I’m no grizzled investor who’s been round the block, so this is all new to me.
So the time is now. Or is it? As mentioned in my last post, I’ve made the decision to just stick with my plan, which is to not sell and to continue investing on a monthly basis, in accordance with my asset allocations.
Tempting though it is, I’m not going to dip into my emergency cash reserves to invest, especially as I have big dental costs this year, never mind the other (as yet) unknown expenses likely to occur.
Whatever I invest in now is effectively on sale, whether the price is rock bottom (it probably isn’t) or not.
Black Holes and Revelations
I was going to avoid looking at my portfolio until when I did my usual month end update but curiosity got the better of me. I ended up having a bit of a peek and now I wish I hadn’t!
It was a couple of days ago and I’ve lost at least a year of gains, around 22% or £34k. The markets have dropped more since, so I fully expect to be reporting a further decrease in my Future Fund at the end of the month – YIKES! 🙁
This could massively set me back in my FIRE plans, although there’s the hope that if the markets recover back to their dizzy heights in a rapid fashion, I might get back on track. Not really going to hold my breath though.
We could be in a depressed state of recession for a while. The global economy will probably get worse before it gets better and who knows how long it will take to recover, if at all.
There could well be an impact on my job – will the company need to lay off people?
I could end up getting ill, or rather, I probably will get ill (as part of the herd immunity strategy our government has adopted) – let’s hope I don’t suffer too much and can recover.
I need to brace myself in case there are shocks around the corner but until I know what is actually going to happen, I will carry on as normal.
For something less gloomy, how’s about a bit of FIRE dating?
This beta dating website for single FIRE folks was brought to my attention via Money for the Modern Girl .
I have a feeling that there are going to be mostly young folks on here and not many in my age group, but if past relationships are anything to go by, that shouldn’t be too much of an issue! 😉
Beyond filling in bits of my profile, I’ve not really spent any time on this, so not had a good look around yet properly or connected with anyone.
However, with no sport, no or limited matched betting and no real social outings, I have no excuse for lack of time, haha!
Hope everyone is keeping themselves and their loved ones safe, keeping calm and washing their hands.
Next post will be my month end figures – it’ll be a bloodbath!