LIVE CHAT: The Motley Fool's Thoughts on a Wild Week and Surviving a Crazy Market

The Dow Jones has been up or down at least 4% in in five of the past six trading sessions.

How common is that? We went back and looked. The fall of 2008 came close. The crash of 1987 is right up there. But you really have to go back to 1932 to find anything truly comparable to the volatility we've experienced in the past week. If you survived, congrats. It was one for the record books.

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  • Report this Comment On August 12, 2011, at 1:04 PM, dbiscer wrote:

    Knowing the debt of the majority of the world, coupled with politicians who will not politically touch entitlements and reduce debt, no growth possible, dollar collapsing, you plan on buying stocks? A crash is inevitalble. I truly must say you really are a "FOOL". I believe safety is more important at this point in time with hugh return potential. Your government being the largest holder of gold in the world is purposely fueling its climb. When inflation final kicks in gold will sky rocket!

  • Report this Comment On August 12, 2011, at 1:13 PM, aadhica wrote:

    Stock market Trend Has been changed............

  • Report this Comment On August 12, 2011, at 1:47 PM, judygulbis wrote:

    if i turn sound down can not hear talk, how turn just clicks off?

  • Report this Comment On August 12, 2011, at 1:49 PM, Jocim wrote:

    If you had invested during the great depression you would have been a millionaire today. No one knows who things are going to turn out, but one thing is certain, it will in time.

  • Report this Comment On August 12, 2011, at 2:22 PM, paddycolette wrote:

    It is a difficult environment in which to suggest to people who are in or close to retirement that they remain in the equities market. There are many funds and stocks that have not rebounded from their 2008 lows, there are many that have not rebounded from their 2000 lows. Given the current volatility index wouldn't many of us sleep a little better if we went to safe places, cash, CDs, while the market stabilizes. After all, there is no absolute reason to believe that the markets will increase over the next 10 years (see 1999-2009 ouch!). Despite all this I still own FOOLX!

  • Report this Comment On August 12, 2011, at 2:27 PM, garagecode wrote:

    Hey guys. I LOVE Motley Fool! Question about my daughter's 529 college savings plan. I've been paralyzed from market ups and downs and currently have her plan invested in a mix of tbills and corporate bonds (there are only 10 selections available within the state's plan). She told me yesterday she is 9 years away from college (scared the hell out of me since she is only 9). What is the best way to invest for a 529 with almost a 10 year horizon?

  • Report this Comment On August 12, 2011, at 4:50 PM, Billy2010 wrote:

    When people run scared I make money, but I need not to sell to live. Lucky me. If you spend more than you make look out.

  • Report this Comment On August 13, 2011, at 11:27 AM, 6499 wrote:

    what do you think about ford do you think it is going to go more down is it going to go up

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