If you have not checked your retirement account in a few months, you may be pleasantly surprised. 2012 is beginning to look like a good year for investors. With the market swinging so wildly, it is pretty easy to have a negative attitude about the investment markets, but for those who invest for the long-term the day to day swings don't really matter.
Let me point out a few "bright spots":
I invested in Fairholme (FAIRX) about three years ago. Since the beginning of 2012, it has produced a Total Return of 24.84%. I would be pleased with that return for the entire year.
Another of my funds, Dodge & Cox Stock (DODGX) is up 15.95%.
My worst performing fund is Vanguard Energy Inv. (VGENX) which is up only 2.37%.
If the markets can just hold their current gains for 2012, I will be pleased.