don't feel bad. I had abx at 19.1 and sold at 19.25 today as I share an office with 25 people (grand central station). I watched it go down to 17's and just wanted out. 2 hours later and it's 20.60. Gold will pull back again after having a great day today. Have cash for Monday now.
I'll echo their thoughts. The gov't shutdown is coming, cause the idiot tea party is determined that they will try again to defund ACA by not passing a budget. Defunding won't happen!! It's one of those expenses POTUS referred to that are now encumbered. more likely that immigration won't pass, and other lesser bills. Debt ceiling being raised will cause another blip down, again the fools (whomever they might be) are he l l bent on stonewalling POTUS and the middle-of-the-ground repubs in the House. #$%$ is really in a tough spot this time around. Even Eric Cantor can't move anyone off the dime. I predict the house back to the dems in '14. imho. I think I'll have a few Bass ales. manana gentlemen and ladies.
I won't go into political debate with you. There are blames to go around for both left and right. However, one thing is clear. This president hasn't been able to focus like laser on the job and economy problem. It's either he is not knowledgeable due to never having a real job or he doesn't care about it except for supporting his buddies like GS (Goldman Sach). Having more wrong regulations and government mandates don't solve the problems. If Obama has any gut, he would do what Theodore Roosevelt has done in the past and show who's the boss.
Take consolation in knowing you convinced me to hold steady. Took the other side of your bet, relying on the market's history of punishing certitude. All will have another chance to make or lose money in another week or two.