It goes without saying, nothing is safe. Banks are imploding and even gold has fallen almost 10% in a very short while. In normal times, the most time tested advice after a market decline is “Don’t be afraid.” The question is ,are these normal times? I would tend to believe not. More people lost money trying to catch a bottom or a good deal than at any other time. It seems to be a daily occurance with watchers of CNBC waiting to hear from the experts that the bottom is. The current economic situation can last for a very long time. However most people I speak with want to believe that it will be over this year or next. It makes me think of the people who left Lebananon or Cuba with a suitcase and thought they would be returning the following week. Those people are sitting on their luggages and are still in shock of what transpired.