The Towering Value of Decisive Action

Decisive action can’t just come outta nowhere.

There has to be a build-up to it, a kinda revving up of engines and stuff.

Point is, this category of action generates a lot of force, and is required to do away with situations that cause panic. As in not let a situation become panic-causing to you. As in the current situation. As in the Dow falling 512 points last night. Will they have a name for it, Black Thursday perhaps? I don’t think so. Because I don’t think we’re done just yet. Situation might get blacker.

Back in December 2007, there were those who were taking decisive action, i.e. they were booking profits. These were people who had been taught by the market to do so. Unfortunately, I didn’t belong to this category at that time. On the contrary, I was busy topping up my portfolio with more investments at the time.

Mayhem in the market should teach you for the next time. If it doesn’t, there’s something wrong with you.

By the fall of 2008, the new market players of the millenium had gone through with their first piece of decisive action – an oath to never be in a situation again that causes them to panic or to spend another sleepless night. The events of the first nine months of 2008 were more that enough to drive them to this.

An important part of peace in the market is hedging. Serious players chose Gold as their hedge, and started building up large positions in Gold. The world around them was screaming “how could they?” Gold was already touching a high back then. They possessed the spine to take this decisive action, because 2008 had taught them to hedge. That’s how they could.

Many worked their way towards zero US exposure. When the cracks in the Euro appeared in 2009-2010, they worked their way towards zero Europe exposure. People around them were screaming that the USD would continue forever as the world currency, and that Europe was under-valued and thus a screaming buy. All to no avail. These decisive players had started to mistrust Alan Greenspan from the moment he started urging his people to take loans against their homes and to put the borrowed money in the market. For me, the icing on the cake or the snapping moment was when Ben Bernanke had the cheek to announce more stimulus one day after the “debt deal”. That’s when I gave up on the US market. Very late, I admit. Yeah, yeah, I’m a real slow learner.

Then, serious new players started to buy on lows. And they got some big-time lows, especially the ones of October 2008 and March 2009. The world around them was screaming “how could they?” and that “we weren’t done yet” and that “economies would get bleaker”. They had the courage to buy. The market had taught them to.

And, finally, they started succumbing lesser and lesser to greed. They would finally book profits. They learnt to sit on cash for long periods of time. They learnt not to listen to tips. They learnt to have their own market outlook and to be self-reliant as far as the chalking of their own path was concerned. They decoupled themselves from their bankers and their market advisors. They got tech-savvy to a point when they could control their entire market operation from their laptops. Basically, they took control.

And, they slept peacefully last night.

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