Well, October was an interesting month.
The markets panicked a bit this month, dropping about 7.4% in the US and 8.5% internationally. The headlines tell me that this was the biggest monthly drop in 7 years. But honestly, I wasn’t paying that much attention while it was happening. These things happen from time to time, and it’s part of the deal with owning stocks: higher risk in exchange for the potential of higher returns. If this didn’t happen every so often (ie, stocks were less risky), then prices would be higher, which would cause future returns to drop. While it may be disheartening to watch one’s net worth drop so quickly, it’s important to remember that in the long run none of this will matter that much. I remember that in late summer 2015 there were similar drops in the market, and again in early 2016, and it took until summer of 2016 for the market to recover to its prior level. At the time, it may have appeared discouraging, but since that time the market has returned 25% (not including dividends)! To conclude, I can only quote the great Warren Buffet: “try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy only when others are fearful.”
That being said, here’s my spending for the month.