Thursday, July 17, 2008 Talkback Question:

How much have you lost (or gained) in your investment accounts?

* Year to date, I've lost 12.7% of my 401k and 18.59% of my taxable brokerage account.

I want to hear from you. Be sure to leave a comment with your answer.

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  1. Anonymous // July 17, 2008 at 8:32 AM  

    Year to date:
    401K -10.34%
    Vanguard long term investing -10.37%
    Zecco short term trading +.1% (Just went green this morning!!!)

  2. Philip // July 17, 2008 at 8:47 AM  

    Since I just started investing in my 401k this year I have not gained anything as I have been making deposits into it.

    Right now I am at -11.47%.

    It sucks knowing that I have put in more total than is in there now. Unfortunatly my company does not start matching for another 6 months and I am only adding my own funds currently.

  3. Tom // July 17, 2008 at 9:43 AM  

    Year to Date

    50% S&P Fund
    30% International Fund
    20% Russell Fund
    Down 13%

    Roth IRA:
    100% Vanguard Target 2050 Fund
    Down 11%

    This is why investing is for the long run, we are getting investments at a discount right now!

  4. Anonymous // July 17, 2008 at 10:41 AM  

    YTD I've lost 14% of my 401k.

  5. Anonymous // July 17, 2008 at 11:22 AM  

    On various accounts, I'm down between 8 and 15%. I just got a raise, and used it to increase my 401K contributions so I'll be buying more mutual fund shares at a steep discount. With an investment horizon beyond 10 years, I'm trying to ignore the temporary losses and stick to the plan.

  6. Kimberly // July 17, 2008 at 12:24 PM  

    I just started my Roth IRA in April, and it's now down 10%. It's worth less than I put into it. I'm going to be a bag lady :-(

  7. Anonymous // July 17, 2008 at 1:39 PM  

    -11.09%. Not cool since just a month or so ago it was only at -5%.

    Good thing I won't be retiring any time soon...

  8. Anonymous // July 17, 2008 at 10:31 PM  

    As of yesterday, I am down 13.8% in one 401k and 11% in the other. Ouch!

  9. Philip // July 18, 2008 at 9:05 AM  

    The problem that comes with these numbers is that in this short of time I have gone from -11.47% all the way to just -6.8%. So it has been a good couple of days and made a huge difference. Lets see if we can continue a bit of this

  10. Anonymous // July 18, 2008 at 11:33 AM  

    i waited a day to respond and i went from down 11% to down 7%. i should wait another day to respond.... :)

  11. DINKS // July 18, 2008 at 9:00 PM  

    Hum...i'm too lazy to turn the #'s into percentages right now, so here are the deets in dollars:

    401k - contributed $13,837.50
    401k - lost $8,078.64
    Roth ira - lost $400ish

    At least we're getting the goods super cheap right now, eh?

  12. Anonymous // July 28, 2008 at 5:40 PM  

    -13.1% as of today for my 401k

    can't calculate my roth because i've traded a few funds this year.. but i've taken a loss there as well