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Can A Few Days Really Make A Difference?

By July 5, 2019 No Comments

What’s happening in the market?

As we’re entering into the longest bull market in stock market history, it can be tempting to pull your investments out of the market and move them into cash.

As you know, December was one of the most challenging Decembers in stock market history, and the first four months of this year have been the best four months since 1998.

According to BTN research, if we look back at the bottom of the market from 2009 through 2018, there were a total of 2,516 trading days.  The best 14 trading days for the S&P 500 gained 86.2% in total return.

However, the other 2,502 trading days had a total return of only 84.2%, slightly less than the best 14 trading days.

What does that mean?

In other words, missing just a few of the best days in the market may bring down your overall return over longer periods of time

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The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is a capitalization weighted index of 500 stocks designed to measure performance of the broad domestic economy through changes in the aggregate market value of 500 stocks representing all major industries.