- The stock market has experienced more positive years than negative years
- For the past 35 years, the index posted positive calendar year returns 60% of the time and negative calendar returns 40% of the time
- The worst calendar year return was -41% posted in 2008, during the global financial crisis and at the height of the war. The best return was 125% posted in 2009 at the end of the war
- Regardless of the bad press on the stock market, #listed #equities have delivered #wealth for its participants over time. ASI has posted an average calendar year return of 42% over the positive years and -15% over the negative years
As data indicates, the pattern of #returns differs over the years. Thus anyone who chooses to #invest in listed equities, should learn to accept the negative years. You need courage and patience to stay invested through #bearmarket since no one can consistently time the market to get in and out and skip down years.