Just today the New York Times reported their second quarter data. Second quarter of 2013 was $70.7 million in adjusted profit, and today's report shows $55.7 million for 2014 second quarter. It's a 21% slip for the corporation. If I'm ever to get more into stocks, I first have to get over the "OMG, 21%" shock wave when I hear something like this. I have good reason for that reaction, though... I ended up getting scared years ago when there was a big price drop in gold. It was about 12 years ago and our biggest investment had been physical gold. Market took a tank and Kate freaked out... sold all we had at under $400/oz and although it wasn't a hit from what we originally paid, to see what it's at now makes me . Then when it was decided to start building gold again, we put a rather large order in.... with Allen Sanford's company. Oy! The definition of out of the frying pan and into the fire! Took a LONG time for buyers to receive what was ordered, but finally did. Anyhow, that's why seeing something like a 21% drop scares me... I know my nervousness and background and would most likely be making tons of mistakes. Is this kind of loss normal?