After a period of relative calm in the stock market, investors have experienced increased volatility in recent days. While market volatility can create anxiety for some, reacting emotionally and changing long-term investment strategies in response to short-term declines could prove more harmful than helpful.
At some point, most investors ask themselves questions like: “Do I have to outsmart the market to be successful?” or “Will a fund with strong past performance do well in the future?” A few key principles can help provide answers and improve the odds of investment success in the long run.
The US stock market has delivered an average annual return of around 10%. In most years, however, the return has been above or below the average, often by a significant amount. Understating the range of potential outcomes can help investors stay disciplined and increase the odds of a successful investment experience in the long term.
Capital markets have rewarded investors over the long term, and having an investment approach you can stick with-especially during tough times-may better prepare you for the next crisis and its aftermath.
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