You’ve heard the phrase, “Time heals all wounds.” Normally, this is discussed in a relationship context; however, the phrase has A LOT of meaning when it comes to investments. Check out the graph below. People tend to look at short term movements in the stock market and feel like they need to make a change to their investments. As you can see, the US stock market had positive returns in 33 of the last 39 years (1979-2017). 6 of the years had negative returns (about 15% of the time). Almost 50% of the time, a given year had an intra-year decline of AT LEAST 10%, yet most years ended with a positive return! The moral of the story: Take a longer approach to investing. When your time horizon is longer, you are better able to stay disciplined and capture returns when they occur in the global markets. A long term approach also allows you to stay in your seat when markets inevitably decline. Time really does heal most all investment wounds (although nothing is guaranteed!).
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