Can you believe it’s been 10 years since the Global Financial Crisis? It was a huge event that shaped many lives. Ten years is a long time and a lot of things can change. That’s the focus of a new yearlong series at NPR’s Marketplace – Divided Decade. I listened to a few stories on their podcast and they are great. Those stories made me appreciate how lucky we were to grow and thrive through those difficult years. Other people had a much tougher time than we did. Today, I’ll share how I’ve changed over the years and how the financial crisis transformed my life.
By the way, Marketplace is a great show. That’s how I keep up to date with economic news. Do you have a favorite economic podcast you listen to? I’d like to find a few more good shows to subscribe to.
Let’s visit 2008
It’s difficult for me to reflect and think back 10 years. I like to live in the present and look toward the future. The past is gone so there is no point dwelling on it. Yes, I’m completely unsentimental. Mrs. RB40 doesn’t like that part of me, but my good sides still outweigh the bad. She can put up with a few of my flaws as long as I make good dinners for her. Let’s go back to 2008 and see how life was.
In retrospect, we were in a great position to weather the Great Recession. I had been working for about 10 years and my job was as safe as a corporate job come. I worked in the CPU group at Intel. That was Intel’s core business and they invested their capital there. I was getting good annual reviews and I didn’t feel threatened by the recession much.