Market volatility.

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Hi Alan. I have been a long time listener of the money cafe and a fan of of your straight shooting analysis. I have asked for a copy of your book for Fathers day. :) I am no financial expert but can see we are living in strange unprecedented times. I have a fair bit of my wealth in cash at the moment because I figure a crash must be just around the corner? Or will busts be a thing of the past? I am still 15 to 20 years from retirement and don't want to commit to invest in the market if it is near its top. I know you and James suggest time in the market rather than timing but I wonder what the difference would be of putting $1m in market at the top in 2007 compared to February 2009. What would those investments be now? For the moment I will drip feed money into shares and perversely hope for a big market correction. Does this strategy seem sound. Also, any particular industries you think are good value now for long term investing. Thanks in anticipation. Mike - Submitted by Mike

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