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On The Mark: Time in the Market, NOT Timing the Market

On The Mark: Time in the Market, NOT Timing the Market

November 22, 2023

Time in the Market, NOT Timing the Market

When people hear that the average annual return
of the S&P 500 since inception is around 10%, the
response is probably "sign me up," especially if the
market is trending up. But how often does the S&P
500 provide that average return in a calendar
year?


Looking back over the last 20 years, there was not
one calendar year that the return was 10%. It was
either higher or lower. That 10% long-term return
is not a smooth, even ride; the returns range quite
widely around that average.

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