Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the emotion. Geez, if you were to just spend a day on Twitter, viewing the outright panic mongering by would be gurus, you’d never buy a stock again. What we are seeing here has happened before. You just don’t remember it too well, due to all of the marijuana intake.
At the moment, the S&P is down about 12%, month to date. The last time the market melted down in August was back in 1998 when those commy pricks (Russians) had an economic collapse. As a matter of fact, it started on 8/17/98 and it spread throughout Asia. Hence the phrase was born, “The Asian Contagion.” Due to Russia’s overwhelming debt, they decided to devalue the Ruble and fuck creditors. The immediate result was a market in crisis. Commodity prices plunged and equities crashed. I remember the exact moment because I was so dead in the water, I was out interviewing for low end discount house gigs. As I was on one of these hideous interviews, the “boss” brought in his “top producer”, who boasted an annual income of 98k. Just one year prior, I made about 80k, my first year in the business. It was at the very moment, seeing these fucking pikers in front of me that I knew it was my duty to make it in the business.
I borrowed money from credit cards, skipped lunch 3 out of 5 days, worked Saturdays, and got lucky.
I put all of my money under management, and all new money, in one stock, BYND, and scored big. The market meltdown, the end of the world as we knew it, back in August of 1998, never materialized. Following a 14% drubbing, the S&P rebounded in September by 6.3% and some more in October by 8.1% and never looked back.
Aside from 1998, we dove lower in February of 2009 by 10.75%, only to rebound by 8.3% in March. In October of 2008, the market crashed by 16.5% and dipped some more by 6.9% in November. The only other occurrence of a double digit decline in a single month was September of 2002, when the S&P dropped by 10.4%. Shortly after, the market roared back in October by 8.2%.
The trillion dollar question: is this time different? Is this “the end”?
The world has been ending for as long as I can remember. However, somehow, someway, this bitch of a market always seems to come ripping back.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter