International is about where it was back in 2014, and lower than it was in early 2018. So you hung in for a decade of relatively flat returns, down from peak, and capitulated. Why? I assume poor performance? In 2010, I had a tough time bringing myself to invest in US stocks after a decade of even worse returns (straight up negative in the 2000s) than international had this past decade. Glad I didn't avoid US, though, on that basis.WJW wrote: ↑Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:55 amConsidering I bought the fund in June 2010, I think not. Had I invested say in the S&P 500 fund, I would have had double the money. And considering when I made the trade this year, I am happy with the move.
I just don't understand selling things that are down relative to other things. Yes, technically, if you bought all of your international exactly in 2010, and didn't buy any more for a decade, you'd be up a bit, just down relative to US, but that still looks like 'selling low' in my book. I guess the question is: what are you selling it for? If (as I assume) you're selling to buy US, that's definitely buying high, selling low in relative terms.
And now you're judging the results of that shift based on a half-year of performance during a period that ... well, I won't go into politics. I'd ask why you did it, but I assume it was underperformance. So in 2010, you bought international presumably because it had done better than US and you wanted to diversify. Now you want to un-diversify and chase the last decade's winner. That's performance-chasing in a nutshell.