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Old 02-12-2018, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by collie1228 View Post
No is a great answer. Even though I'm in stocks and bonds, I know that "the market" is a casino on steroids, and my investment returns are at the mercy of computer algorithms that buy and sell based on esoteric data, generally not the result of actual economic pressures. Don't invest what you can't afford to lose.
Good answer. Back in the day bonds were supposed to yield a premium over inflation, but not anymore. Artificially low interest rates manipulated by the Federal Reserve, coupled with our HUGE deficit, have created a very dangerous bubble. You know something is terribly wrong when good economic news causes the market to go down and vice versa. Things are going to get ugly when forces beyond the FED's control cause interest rates to spike. The markets will crash and the cost of servicing our debt will skyrocket. Very risky market right now, we are keeping most of our savings in cash and gold. It doesen't earn anything, but it's safe.

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