With the Nasdaq Composite Index down nearly 40% from its March 10 record close above 5048, the road back to 5000 looks long indeed. Something does seem to have changed -- a mad, exhilarating dance has lost its music, and sometimes it seems as though we'll never hear that old tune again.

At times like this it's worth remembering that stocks remain just about the best long-term investment around, and a reversion to the mean would be none too shabby over the course of, say, 10 or 15 years. But that's small solace for those who leapt in near the top to snatch some fast gains. Tell us when we'll be whirling in that Nasdaq 5000 tarantella again, and take our weekly sentiment poll, too.

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