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Patience is a very difficult thing for me. I've gotten much better as I've gotten older and realize most of my mistakes, mental or physical, occurred when I was in too much of a hurry (e.g., running up the steps, driving impatiently, etc.) so I'm better now.

Like you, but for different reasons, I'm kicking myself a little bit since before the virus hit I thought the market had risen too much and wanted to take some profits. Part of it was due to the sizable tax hit I would have taken on some long held stocks (notably Apple) but paying taxes is better than losing money (I'm still way in the green on them).

I don't know the actual numbers but I'm probably only down about 10% although it feels much worse.

I've found that if I trim back a stock after it rises too far and buy back when it gets taken down due to the market overall falling (such as in late 2018) I can meet/exceed SP500 returns by a bit while keeping a good 20%+ in cash. I don't usually do a lot of detailed accounting but for a job I had to report financial assets for 7 years and every year was fortunate to exceed the SP500.

You can't change the past, only the future.
Rich
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