It always interesting to watch stock values, either in the U.S. or worldwide, as they gyrate up and down. Right now we are in a downturn, thanks to the winding down of an overvalued commodities market, and there is a certain mesmeric fascination in seeing your own holdings go down and down. However, unless you are a day trader, such volatility should be considered merely noise in what, in my case, is a long term investment strategy.

But there is an unavoidable emotional tug – such as there is when one's holdings seem to be on the up and up! Except the emotions are rather different… 🙂