No, I was referring to the summer slump that always seems to set in.
Yes I know about the 4.5% on a 60/40 portfolio, but I thought this thread used the DJIA as its metric.
In other news, I just missed out on a great property opportunity, because I'm pretty sure I got scooped by a crooked realtor. Big house was relatively under-priced, and with easy work it could be doubled in value--literally--in 6 months. First offer went in 2 seconds after it was on the market, even before it was advertised on any listing, anywhere--obviously the realtor had someone in their back pocket, or is buying it herself in a conflict of interest. In MN we have this bizarre dual-agency concept, which means that she's likely in the clear, but still crooked, and if the seller wanted to push it, she could--but she doesn't.
There was an inspection contingency on it because the sophisticated buyer was trying to bury the seller and get major concessions, but they lifted the contingency entirely when the seller refused to negotiate for said concessions. I still have an offer in, because there is still a financing contingency--but it looks like the inside game has won again.
Oh well, one that got away, I'm not killing myself over it, but it would have been nice. I'm doing well enough as it is, but that would have been really great. The markets won't touch me this year, and I would still consider getting back in in the event of either a crash, or solid performance until XMAS 2014, not really any sooner--not in any major way, at least.
Anybody making money on investing in metals in any way?