How much have you lost so far in this bear market?

The global economy is now said to be in recession. Stock markets worldwide have been suffering from steep losses. And individual investors are losing money in most of their investments.
In the PMT Forum, members have been talking about how much they have lost so far during this bearish period of the market. Here are some posts.
mlangseth says:
I have lost 28-33% of my investments, paper loss only as I do not want to move any of my investments.
scout says:
I managed to pull out around 30% of my stocks investment, the other 70% was just too deep to cut losses.  My original plan is for short term investment, say 6 months to a year. Unfortunately I am forced to go long term now.  Only consolation I have is that most of my LOSING position are blue chips.
pachira says:
Ako 40% na nawawala. Kukunin ko na rin kasi may napanood ako sa tv na economist/ economic adviser na till 2010 pa earliest ito gaganda or kung anuman. Kahit di ko pa kailangan ng money na ininvest ko, sayang ang time na mapapalago ko siya sa ibang vehicles. Pag malago na siya, pwede namang bumalik ulit.
RealEstateInvestor says:
About 70% in paper…
How about you? Are you losing or winning? By how much? Join the discussion in the thread How much have you lost so far in this bear market?

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13 thoughts on “How much have you lost so far in this bear market?”

  1. I lost 40% alone on the Philippine’s Sunlife Mutual Fund which I open the start of this year. Looks like it will go down further next year. Is it a good time to exit to stop the bleeding?

  2. I’ve lost at least 17% on my Sunlife Balanced fund and Phil-equity fund investments which is why I’m now focusing on other investment vehicles, particularly real estate. I’m not pulling out any of my investments though. Form another point of view however, isn’t it the right time to buy while share prices are low?

  3. @ron, if you think the market will still go down, then you should cut your losses then just re-enter when you think the market is already set for an uptrend.
    @Aspiring Entrepreneur, sorry about that loss. Hope you can recoup it in some way.
    @ph_investor, right time to buy while prices are low? Only if you think prices have hit bottom and are already bound to go up. What’s “cheap” now may actually become “cheaper” in the next months. PLDT might be selling at P2,000 right now but what prevents it from dropping to P1,500 or, worse, to P500?

  4. What I don’t understand is that the Phil stock market goes down yet the housing/condo prices have not gone down. Shouldn’t the company investing on real estate at least balance out the lost on the stock market index. Let me know if this is not correct.

  5. @ron The Philippine Stock is being battered by the effects of the stocks in US. You can always notice that we almost mirror the US Stock market unless otherwise a strong catalyst took in (i.e. strong GDP, etc.) However, we are not actually in relation to the subprime mortgage crisis that the US is undergoing except for some very few companies like banks who have some exposure to US banks that are invested in CDOs. So, this does not neccesarily affect the housing/condo prices here.

  6. If the Philippine stock market follows US stocks, then that’s another mistake I did. I was expecting similar to what happen yesterday where the US stock market is down yet the Hang Seng, Nikkei, Kospi stock market are up. I guess Philippines doesn’t follow the neighboring markets. Please correct me if this is wrong assumption.

  7. Since all prices of equities are all down, this is probably the best time to enter the market. I have noticed that a lot of people who lost in Paper usually entered around 2006-2007 during the bull market when the economy was very good – which was only natural because equity prices were naturally high during that time. Hopefully the market corrects itself and those who lost during this economic downturn will not only recover but earn in the long run (which usually is the case!)
    I feel that equities are not usually good investment if you plan to put the money in less a span of five years because the market jumps around too much.

  8. @James
    “right time to buy while prices are low? Only if you think prices have hit bottom and are already bound to go up. What’s “cheap” now may actually become “cheaper” in the next months. PLDT might be selling at P2,000 right now but what prevents it from dropping to P1,500 or, worse, to P500?”
    That is true but I think you can earn more in the short run investing/speculating in a bear market then investing during a bull market. At least that is what is my experience for the past 30 years. I have invested in equities only during times of bear markets like the fall of Marcos because of the first People Power, the 90s Asian Real estate crash and other low points in our economic history and it always paid off handsomely. In fact because of this, I’m able to retire earlier then I expected despite of the fact that I never had to run a high earning business in my life.
    You just have to be patient and not let your emotions overpower you until the market corrects and improves in the long run.

  9. @Old Man Paul,
    Thanks for the insight from your past experience. I am actually starting to invest in stocks now, but slowly…
    I am also getting in as a day trader. I wouldn’t want to invest money for long term.

  10. Aber das Haus hat sentimentalen Wert f?r die Schule, sagte er und f?gte hinzu, dass die Schule hatte in bewegte sie ihren neuen Campus sah.


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