Friday, October 10, 2008

Stocks Vs Real Estate III

I've written in the past about why I thought real estate was a better investment than stocks. The current 40% (and counting) drop in the stock market serves to underscore many of the points I made.

Now, many people who were trying to use the greater fool theory to flip houses in rapidly escalating real estate markets during the past few years may disagree. I used to watch "Flip this (or that) House" and wonder if I could ever make money in real estate in the Buffalo area. However, at the moment I seem to be at the right place to own real estate. My real estate basket has a positive cash flow and is appreciating.

Meanwhile my 401k has lost over 6 figures in value and if I look at that alone, I have no hope of retirement until I am in my 70's. I think that the country is in the verge of electing the most far left socialist in our history. His ideas of increasing capital gains taxes and taxes on small businesses as well as anti-NAFTA rhetoric is reminiscent of the 1930's. I wonder if it will make FDR look like a conservative a few years from now.

Fortunately, hockey season starts tonight and the Bills are winning. Otherwise, I might just jump off a skyscraper.

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