All this talk about the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above 10,000 points on Wednesday has me crazy. As if it matters! Yes, the stock market is rallying. That’s a good thing for investors. But what about the double-digit unemployment that still plagues our nation? It will still be a long time before employment returns to pre-recession levels, and there’s no guarantee that good news in the stock market will pave the way for good news in other economic sectors. We can hope, but that’s all. Finally, readers who have come across my investing mindset already know what I’m going to say: Don’t let any stock market index passing some arbitrary number influence your investment strategy. Invest consistently and invest for the long run. That is all!
That said, since the Dow crossing 10,000 was so important to the media this week, I want to focus my weekly roundup on other bloggers’ reactions to this landmark (however arbitrary I think it is).
Get Rich Slowly (@JDRoth) is becoming a regular in my link-ups, but there’s good reason—he’s got good stuff over there. This week is no exception with his post Dow 10,000 and Other Nonsense. We see eye-to-eye on this one.
Zero Hedge reveals something shocking about this week’s stock market news in Dow 10,000!!!! Oh Wait, Make That 7,537.
Robert Reich, one of my favorite economists, has another great post explaining why there is no connection between this stock market craziness and the rest of the economy in Why the Dow Broke 10,000 and Why You Should Still Watch Your Wallet. In his words: “this is all temporary fluff, folks”.