Valuation’s Impact on Psychology

I talked to a friend today who joked about how much her stock portfolio is down and how she’s adjusting accordingly. Another friend said something similar yesterday. Both are invested for the long term, but recent market activity has had an impact on their psychology. They’re thinking about things differently and changing their behavior.

These conversations were a reminder to me of how short-term movements in valuations can impact psychology and motivation. I can’t imagine what public companies that have seen their valuations slashed are dealing with. Morale must be—or at least it will become—a concern for these companies if pay packages have heavy stock components.

I’m curious to watch how public and private company CEOs navigate in this environment. Will we see material changes in things like compensation and publicity around new fundraising rounds?