Long Weekend Links: Volatile, Intimate, Simple, and Loved!

Am I describing myself? Nah, just my selection of reading over this weekend:

Jeremy of GenXFinance offers a glimpse at his personal experiences while encouraging us not to make bad decisions during this volatile stock market.

My job has good and bad periods, and when the markets are up, everyone loves me and I hear nothing but good things. But at the same time, as soon as the markets begin to show some weakness, my phone is ringing constantly with worried investors. While you can occasionally talk some sense into certain people, others just go off and make irrational decisions.

Madame X of My Open Wallet has a series called New York Stories, which offers up real financial stories from real New Yorkers. I like it because these are kinds of stories you’d hear from your friends, if money wasn’t such a taboo topic. I particularly enjoyed the one by Escape Brooklyn.

Hazzard of Everybody Loves Your Money pointed me towards this post about the simple life. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that simple does not equate to easy. For example, why is it we have to work hard and remember tips to keep things simple? Hmm?!

J.D. of Get Rich Slowly has a nice discussion going on about how to find work that you love. I tend to think that some people really do need to love their work, while others are able to keep a certain amount of detachment from it.

Comments

  1. I was waiting for the posts about Wall Street Armageddon to start coming out. You know, the ones where everyone posts in the comments that they’re in for the long haul and haven’t changed anything.

    I funded my IRA last week with some trepidation but I think I am steeled to see it go down in value. My wife’s IRA will have to go in sometime soon too. She may get a better deal than I did.

    If nothing else, the fear is interesting. Are current events like 1987 (where consequences were short-lived and shallow)? Like 1929? Worse than anything we’ve ever seen? Are we reliving the 70s?

  2. I’m in it for the long haul and haven’t changed anything. ;)

  3. You are right, simple does not equate to easy. It’s silly and seems so simple, yet, after years of social conditioning, we have to spent effort unlearning things that’s not conducive to our wellbeing.

    Thanks for mentioning us. :)

    Warmly,
    Tina

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