Don’t try to time the market – Stay Invested!

Recently, the market has turned into a yo-yo which is very unsettling to many investors. When the market dropped 800 points last week, one of my clients was tempted to jump out of the market.  I asked him “when he would come back in?” and he replied “when it starts to go up”…

Historically, when you jump in and out of the market, you usually miss the day the market goes up. I urged him to stay invested and here’s why:

  • 15 of the 20 BEST days occurred within 1 month of the 20 WORST days over the last 10 years.
  • If an investor missed the 5 best days over the past 10 years, they may have lost 28% of their total return.

                                  Hypothetical Growth of $10,000 Over the Past 10 Years

Invested Not Invested Not Invested Not Invested Not Invested
All Days 5 Best Days 10 Best Days 20 Best Days 30 Best Days
Growth of $10,000    $ 37,143 $29,636 $24,923 $18,654 $14,670
Total Return       271% 196% 149% 87% 47%
Annualized Return   14% 11% 10% 6% 4%
% of Total Return Lost 0% -28% -45% -68% -83%

Source: Bloomberg Data as of 7/31/2019. The above data demonstrates hypothetical performance, has the benefit of hindsight and is not the result of actual investing. Actual results may vary.

We use science-driven research and comprehensive analysis tools aiming to minimize risk for our clients.  Timing the market like a 50/50 coin toss is risky and a gamble we urge our clients to avoid.  We are available any time to answer your questions. Don’t hesitate to let us know if we can help in any way.

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