Come out, come out, wherever you are, and admit your fallacy for wishing on stars... Stop shaking. This is the cycle, made worse by the bailout. 7000 was to have been the bottom (50% of high), but with the government meddling, 6000 is possible, 5000 is unlikely but possible. Only the buy-and-hold investors should be hurting right now. Traders should be profiting or just waiting it out in cash. The more meddling we get from the powers that be, and the new owners to US equity, the lower we go before we see another bull market. If your income is set up properly, your lifestyle will not be affected by any of this. If you are a newer trader, or have not properly set up your income, you're scared.