A long while back in late 2007, the younger me decided he wanted to start investing some of his extra money in stocks. Just to play around a bit to see what happened. I invested $65 dollars (after fees) and had my account set up to do this each week.
Well, that week i got laid off from my job and in the next few months the "recession" was in full swing. I canceled the automatic investment plan and just let that money sit there.
Since that time i have periodically checked the value of my tiny little investment, it has fallen to the upper 30's and slowly climbed its way back up and for the first time since the initial investment it is finally up over $65 (by a whole 57 cents)
I just thought it was strange to watch this piddly amount bounce around and think about how people had tens of thousands of dollars or more making the same moves. unfortunately for them, those moves were relative, not equal. I would have been sick to my stomach if it was me. But it was a fun little experiment to me and little more. Heck, i would still lose most of my money just trying to sell the darn things. So for now they will remain sitting there. Making me at most pennies a year. actually they will probably just get added to an IRA when i finally get this debt paid off and start investing for the future.
But...it does show that things (stocks) have gotten back on track, or so it may seem for now.