I'm Losing Money ! I Want Out!

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Aug 10, 2005 6:43 pm

For those who were around during the downturn in 2000, I'm interested in hearing rebuttles to those clients who freaked out and wanted to move thier money to more "safe" investments.  Or those clients who wanted to close-out thier accounts with you.  If clients didn't panic, what did you tell them during annual portfolio reviews?

Aug 10, 2005 7:02 pm

That was easy.  I said, "Gee....Aren't you glad we put those stop-loss orders in?"

Aug 11, 2005 8:40 am

I resorted to a little Broadway, "The sun will come out tomorrow..."


Also, "Vinnie and me was talkin and he thinks youse got to double down during an opportunity like dis one."


I also told them, "In four years from now when John Kerry is President, everything will be better."  Of course, I said it in the manner of Genghis Khan.


My favorite was, "what are you? Some kind of limp-wristed pussy.  Buck it up.  If our country would have relied on people like you, we'd all still be living east of the Alleghenies.  What's a few arrows, typhoid, cholera, floods and famine to the long-term pioneer."


Lastly, "I'm sorry to see you go, please don't sue me."

Aug 11, 2005 9:24 am

"Investments are the only thing that people don't buy when they go on sale.  If everything costs half as much then you should buy twice as much.  This is the perfect time to 'buy low'."

Aug 11, 2005 11:26 am

"When is the best time to buy winter sweaters?... At the spring clearance sales?... We all know that winter will be back next yr, right?...


Aug 11, 2005 11:30 am

Or run a hypo and compare what "doubling down" on a fund when it was at its low would have grown to, compared to just riding it out.

Aug 11, 2005 2:49 pm

If the market was a bargain at 1500, isn't it a screaming bargain at 800???



Stok

Aug 11, 2005 8:29 pm

Only a bargain if you are a broker, IMO.

Aug 12, 2005 4:00 pm

Just drop the ticket and hope the confirm gets lost