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Oct. 25, 2022

A Difficult Year for the Economy and Markets

The stock market has been on a roller coaster ride this year, and unfortunately, it has mostly been going down. This has made a lot of people very anxious about their investments and future. Bonds have also been performing poorly, adding to the anxiety. How should investors respond to current market conditions?

In this episode, Greg and Doug talk about how stocks and bonds have performed poorly this year, how people react to today's market conditions, and how Mike Epstein's story makes sense from an Armageddon-type scenario.

Key Takeaways

  • [00:20] - Market performance for the past week.
  • [02:20] - How stocks and bonds are performing poorly this year.
  • [06:48] - How people react to today's poor market conditions.
  • [10:59] - Why today's market conditions aren't comparable to the 1970s.
  • [15:03] - The impact of higher mortgage rates on homeowners and renters.
  • [17:04] - How Mike Epstein's story makes sense from an Armageddon-type scenario.
  • [19:07] - Doug's thoughts on the wealth quote by Arthur Schopenhauer.
  • [20:41] - What Greg thinks is the most valuable asset.


[03:25] - "It's been a crummy year for stocks and bonds. The only thing that's worked this year has been cash and oil stocks, the things which people looked at negatively for the previous 10 years." ~ Greg Stokes

[10:41] - "The market is a very good teacher and the lessons can be expensive." ~ Doug Stokes

[19:33] - "My definition of wealth is time and freedom and the ability to choose what you want to do with your time and freedom. It's not necessarily the value of your portfolio, the amount of earnings, or the amount of material things you have." ~ Doug Stokes


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