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Never Enough: Appetite For More

2020 is one for the record books. As the year wraps up, it's still hard to comprehend how weird it's been. For investors, what a journey. We entered the year riding a decade-strong bull, poised to only get stronger. Then COVID entered the chat and along came the big bad bear. The market fell off the cliff and all looked dire. Then in an unprecedented snapback, we hit all time highs a few short months later.

I was fortunate enough to have stayed invested and continued investing throughout the year. Buying all the way down and all the way up. All things considered, it's been a solid year of returns. Much better than I expected. I should be very happy.

But I'm human, and FOMO is real. Stories of investors making a fortune betting on stocks make my returns look like peanuts. The pandemic-induced volatility has stocks doubling and tripling in a matter of weeks. I can't help but to be tempted to join in. 

Airlines are still down 50%. These stocks are due to recover and I'll double my money, right? It's not that easy. A company can go to zero in an instance. Concentration is as risky as it is rewarding. If this year taught us anything, there's no guarantees.  

Whenever I'm tempted to change my investing approach and take on more risk, I come back to my goals and ask myself "do I need to?". Need is the key. It might be fun to juice up my returns but if I'm fortunate enough to not need it, I'm better off staying the course. 

Knowing what's "enough" is a challenge. We alway want more but there are costs. Warren Buffet puts it best. "Never risk what you have and need for what we don't have and don't need." 

This post was a note to self. Stick to the plan, dude. 


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