A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Submitted by S. F. Ehrlich Associates, Inc. on July 2nd, 2020
June 30, 2020
As part of our efforts to provide financial advice to clients, we’re regularly reviewing the latest research on investments, planning, and many other topics related to a successful retirement. Much of that research focuses on investors’ ability to stay on course with their asset allocation, through thick and thin. We recently came across a couple of charts we felt did a good job of articulating the benefits of maintaining a long-term perspective when managing a portfolio.
The Bumpy Road to the Market's Long-Term Average
“Since 1926, the US stock market rewarded investors with an average annual return of about 10%. But it’s important to remember that returns in any given year may be sky-high, extremely poor, or somewhere in between.
- Annual returns came within two percentage points of the market’s long-term average of 10% in just six of the past 94 years.
- Yearly returns have ranged as high as up 54% and as low as down 43%.
- Since 1926, annual returns have been positive 69 times and negative 25 times.”
Long-Term Investors, Don't Let a Recession Faze You
“In the past century, there have been 15 recessions in the US. In 11 of those instances, stock returns were positive two years after the recession began.
- Investors may be tempted to abandon equities and go to cash when there is heightened risk of an economic downturn.
- But research has shown that stock prices incorporate expectations of a recession and generally have fallen in value before a recession even begins.
- The average annualized return two years after the onset of these 15 recessions was 7.8%.
- A $10,000 investment at the peak of the business cycle would have grown to $11,937, after two years on average.”
1 The Bumpy Road to the Market’s Long-Term Average, Dimensional Fund Advisors, May 2020.
2 Long-Term Investors, Don't Let a Recession Faze You, Dimensional Fund Advisors, May 2020.
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