The Sky is falling…the sky is falling…does anyone remember that saying from the children’s story…Chicken Little? That is how I am feeling today about the hysteria surrounding the money markets. The more that the warnings go out…the more hysteria that takes place, which then makes the markets more unstable. The dow is beginning to resemble a roller coaster ride.
I fell for it…and i am sure there are others who are biting the bullet as far as the panicked feeling. Everyone is panicking. Other countries are panicking too. Because of it…the instability is contagious. Everyone needs to stop….take a deep breath and let things settle for a few days. Don’t sell out of panic…don’t buy out of panic…just stop and let things settle into what they are; do what you normally would do.
I know the need to protect what you have worked for, i know the need to keep your personal finances bubblewrapped to the best of your ability, i know the fear that won’t let you sleep because you may not be able to send your kids to college, retire, or live without too much heartache with your daily spending. Truth is, most of us needed to tighten our belts and live the way we were taught which is to save up to buy what you want…not overextend yourself with credit and pay as you go. This is common sense. It is also common sense to establish some credit…but you must be vigilant and pay it as it comes due…not let credit become the disaster that it has become.
Businesses, banks, real-estate companies all are in the position that many of us regular people have been in. The problem is that they can’t operate if their customers can’t pay. We can’t pay if we don’t have jobs or homes to live in. It is a vicious cycle. Everything needs to stabilize long enough for an honest evaluation of where we are at. At the moment, it is like a lake that has had a boulder fall from the cliffs into the center of the lake; there are ripples that are still rocking the boat floating on the surface. The shifting that keeps taking place is definately keeping the extent of the damage unclear.
Putting measures into effect to try to “correct” the market is just going to continue to keep things out of control. This whole financial crisis is scary as heck…i won’t deny that. But, we have no accurate way to measure the actual scope of the damage. There is something to be said for an old adage such as, moderation in all things.
The people & companies that put us in this situation are going to have to make better decisions, they have to have consequences for the mistakes that they have made, and they are going to have to put procedures into place to prevent repeating the same mistakes. The housing markets, the oil companies, the credit card companies and the banking industry all need to take stock of how they have each added to this disaster, and do a review of business 101. Make more than you spend, lend less than you can afford to lose, and build trust and relationships with your customers! What a novel idea…we can all learn from those practices.