What are some ways to say lose money in investment?

In particular, is the usage of swallow in the following example alright?

My money has been swallowed by the financial market.

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    More common ways of saying what I think you mean there are "I lost my shirt in the market [crash]", and "The market crash cleaned me out". It's just a personal opinion, but I'd rather either start with "I" as the subject (most important, since I am the one seriously affected), or put "the market [crash]" first because that was what actually caused the devastating loss. The money itself wasn't really an active player, so I wouldn't put it in control of the main verb. – FumbleFingers Dec 6 '11 at 2:19
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    The real question these days is are there any ways to say I made money on my investment. ;-) – Wayne Johnston Dec 6 '11 at 2:55

Swallow is correctly used in your example. It means taking away a large part of something valuable.

  • Depends what you mean by "correct". I think we can take it for granted OP means "the market crash", but even recasting it thus... My savings were swallowed by the market crash sounds a bit "quirky" to me. Anyway, swallow doesn't mean take away a large part of - more like consumed, rapidly, greedily, and completely. – FumbleFingers Dec 6 '11 at 2:08
  • Jasper: Thanks! @FumbleFingers: Thanks! There is no specific reason, whether it is market crash or my investment strategy. – Tim Dec 6 '11 at 2:32

You could as well use: 'The financial market has gotten my money depleted' or 'The financial market has exhausted all my money'.

  • I disagree with 'The financial market has gotten my money depleted'. That doesn't sound like proper English to me. Certainly very awkward. – Cam Jackson Feb 16 '12 at 6:32

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