Help Stay on Track by Staying Invested

September 12, 2018

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Are you tempted to take a break from investing this summer? Or maybe recent market volatility has made you nervous, particularly because the days or weeks when the stock market drops tend to receive much more attention than when it rises.

Long-term investing is relatively simple, but it isn’t always easy. Edward Jones believes the best asset allocation policy in the world won’t matter much if you don’t stick to your long-term investment strategy. We don’t view stock market declines as a reason to sell quality investments. Rather, declines present an opportunity for investors with long-term goals to purchase additional investments at attractive prices.

You want to be invested on the “best” days. The problem is that no one knows when these days will occur. We believe buying investments when you have the money available and staying invested gives you the best potential to achieve success. Below is an example of how your return can be impacted if you miss some of the best days to be invested.

Rather than taking a vacation from investing, talk to your financial advisor. He or she will partner with you to develop a strategy to help you work toward your important financial goals in any market environment.

Missing best days impact chart

Source: Ned Davis Research, Edward Jones calculations. 1/1/1980–12/31/2017. These calculations assume the best days, as defined as the top percentage gains for the S&P 500, including dividends, for the time period designated. These calculations do not include any commissions or transaction fees that an investor may have incurred. If these fees were included, it would have a negative impact on the return. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index and is not available for direct investment. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Dividends can be increased, decreased or eliminated at any point without notice. Dollar values rounded to the nearest $1,000. Copyright © 2018 Ned Davis Research, Inc. All rights reserved. Further distribution prohibited without prior permission.

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