Yes, I'm sorry to say that The Great Turd Ferguson launched his anonymous and inglorious retail stock brokerage career at a bucketshop called PaineWebber some 20+ years ago. I learned a lot of useless things there but one thing I carry with me to this day is a healthy respect for Art Cashin, who was then director of floor operations for the once-proud firm. Art has always been a quick wit and sage source of wisdom. One of my favorite "Cashinisms" is: "You never want to go around predicting the end of the world because it's only going to happen once". I've often referred back to this line whenever I've needed to temper my cynical/bearish/apocalyptic worldview. Tonight, I should probably heed Art's advice once more. The problem is...well, you get the idea.
If you haven't yet, you need to take the time to read the two links below.