Here are the year-to-date numbers for a few etfs, from best to worst:
GLD +18.1% gold
SLV +13.9% silver
TLT +7.0% U.S. 20-year Treasuries
EEM +5.7% Emerging market stocks
SPY +0.3% S&P 500 stocks
IWM -2.7% Russell 2000 stocks
I am right near the bottom of the barrel, right with the Russell 2000 (-2.7% vs. my -2.5%). If I were stubborn or panicky, some of the big losers would have been much worse. For the most part, I got out when my mental stop levels were breached.
Some might say bad luck, some might say bad trades. Whatever the case, the losses have been contained and I live to trade another day.