I wasn't going to look at my retirement fund. I didn't want to be depressed. But I just couldn't help it. It was around the $70k level 2 years ago when I got laid off from my job. I logged in to the website and the total was...$67k!
Wow, I thought, that barely went down at all. But then I looked closer. My new job has a retirement plan with Vanguard, just like my old job did. I didn't ask them to, but they now combine my 2 accounts in to one statement. Soooo, while my balance is $67k, that includes $4,000 that I have contributed from my new job. Bummer. Looking closer at the statement, my account was at its highest point 2 years ago at $73k. Now that account, without my new contributions is only worth $63k. I've lost $10k on paper. But I am still contributing and possibly buying in to some great mutual funds right now. I am sure things will turn around and when they do my little funds will soar.