For anyone interested in investing in the market, here is just something I have been watching over the last few days. I'm not a professional investment adviser and you always invest at your own risk. With all that being said however, if the market is an arena that you are curious about using to build your nest egg, here are a few thoughts of mine from our most recent doom's day, apocalypse, "omg we're are all gonna die!" crisis. Here is the last five days on HAL. I found this to be a textbook example of the opportunities that are created during moments of mass hysteria and crises. The folks that kept up with the news got in a day or two before the shutdown once the price began to drop below the recent average. It was not until the actual shutdown that most folks piled on trying to take advantage of the cheap prices. By the end of the 2nd, the discount was gone and everyone sold off when the markets reopened on the 3rd. Most of us Average Joe's would have gotten in around mid-day 9/30.. but after watching prices drive all day on the 2nd.. you would have been correct to drop it like it's hot! Crazy times can be your best friend.. always keep a pile of cash on hand so you have the tools to capitalize on the fears of others. Usually high profile crises that are blasted all over the airwaves, like this government shutdown, will create something like this somewhere. If you don't feel comfortable riding just one bull, try putting your dough into an exchange traded fund that sooner or later will drive upwards again even if you are wrong in expecting the bull to follow the bear. Here is IJR, a small-cap ETF that captures the mood of the market in much greater detail than a large cap fund during a dooms day event. So what if your worst fears come true and the bear hangs around longer than expected? Make it rain on that jerk periodically over the duration of the downward trend. That will lower your average cost per share so that you at least profit sooner than you would if you didn't keep investing in your bad decision.