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Maintain a Long-Term Investment Strategy

In investment circles, a tenbagger is the Holy Grail, the nirvana of investment strategies.

According to Motley Fool, “A big winner — like a 10-bagger — doesn’t happen in a quarter, a year, or even five years (most of the time). If you want the really big gains, you need to be prepared to hold for a long time.”

For my clients, I like to do the math, especially in times when a headline topic like the Fed raising (or not) interest rates hits the current news cycle. Enough to make Hercules drop his lion’s head and buy gold, but hold off following a myth publicized by media.

These financial strategies may put your portfolio—and your concerns—on a better path.

If you invested $10,000 in the S & P 500 Index (500 Largest U.S. Companies) 5 years (2010) ago how much would you have now (Jan. 2016)?

$16,494.00

What if you started 25 years ago? $10,000 in 1991?

How much do you have now? $94,743.00. This personal portfolio increase sounds good to me!

What if you started 50 years ago? $10,000 in 1966? How much do you have now?

$965,142.00. Not too bad!

If you invested $10,000 in the S & P 500 Index in 1927 and just let it grow, untouched, until now, how much would it be worth?

$33,134,335.00

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. Over 33 MILLION dollars. You would have made $33,124,335.00 in profits, not counting the original $10k investment or any fees.

It’s strange. I never hear the media talk about how the “stock market” has created unprecedented wealth to those who are patient and maintain a long-term view. And for those of you who say, “But Dave, I’m retired. I have a short time- not a long time.”

I say, “You will live 20-35 years in retirement. To me, that’s a long term plan.”

That could be your tenbagger.

 

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