I was just curious about how other people are doing in this market. Stories they've heard and what not. Also curious to know if I'm doing better/worse than the "average" individual in terms of performance. My situation - I bought into the hyperinflation scenario around the start of this year. I managed to put 20% of my portfolio into gold, silver, canroy, energy, coal, nuclear, agricultural, russia(majority in ETF's). I kept 80% in cash because I figured the commodities would be volatile - boy was I right. I've always been debating about inflation vs deflation and worried about its timing and sequence (peter schiff, puplava, jim rogers vs robert prechter). Now I'm down 10% on the whole portfolio and now I figure the worst case scenario is down 20% on the whole portfolio. I'm worried that I'm too late to hedge now. Not used to these swings as my wife inherited quite a bit of money recently. Looks like I'm going 20% down assuming commodities and producers go to 0(which I think would be impossible- maybe 95% down). I'm not willing to sell now. I'm an emotional wreck but my wife is OK with it and has been supportive. Maybe she should deal with the finances. I figure we would have been much worse off with a Financial Advisor(90% equity allocation for a 30 year old). Short term trading with stops would have been a much better approach. Question now is when to buy back in with the other 80% in preparation for the "hyperinflationary holocaust" as Jim Rogers calls it. Other rhetorical question - should I become a farmer(as Rogers has suggested) or keep on studying for the CFA exam this December for that nonexistent finance job.