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What Happened? That Was Really Fast!

The drop in both the stock market and the economy was breathtaking, and not in a good way. This is the kind of thing we prefer to read about in history books, but not actually experience! From February 19th to March 23rd the S&P 500 index fell from 3393 to 2191 - a drop of 35% in less than a month. By the time you read this, we will have a pretty good idea how bad the economy was hit, but even before the official numbers, we know its been historically bad.
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This Time Really Is Different

I am very fond of old sayings because they represent concepts that have stood the test of time. In the investment world, it has long been said that the four most dangerous words in the English language are "This time is different". This saying became especially popular in the early part of this century. In the late 1990's there was an idea going around that recessions were a thing of the past.
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This Too Shall Pass

Nothing has happened in during my life like we are going through right now. In my life we eliminated polio from the United States and most of the world. We beat back measles and other horrible diseases. Several new horrible diseases have come along - HIV and Ebola come to mind. MERS and SARS are terrible killers but they aren't very contagious. Neither is Ebola. But now we have a killer virus that aggressively spreads. Now we have mass hysteria.
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There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

In October of 1968 I was excited as I sat in the first day of class of Economics 101 at Penn State. It’s hard to overestimate how much I got from that class – from the very first day! The professor turned his back to the class and walked to the blackboard, picked up a piece of chalk and in big letters wrote “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”
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