The case for staying invested
Missing a handful of the market's best days can significantly reduce investment returns.
When markets fall, we understand that seeing your investments lose value can feel stressful. In fact, some investors may be tempted to abandon their investment strategy when markets become rocky. However, trying to time the markets can result in missing out on gains.
For example, an investment of $10,000 in the S&P 500® Index in 1980 would have grown to a value of $659,515 by 2018. Yet, missing out on even a handful of the best days over that period would have greatly reduced the portfolio's value.
Hypothetical growth of $10,000 invested in S&P 500 Index
January 1, 1980–December 31, 2018
We're here to help you through challenges when market volatility occurs. Backed by deep research and experience, we remain patient and disciplined through periods of market distress. By taking a long-term view, investors who stay invested may have a better chance of reaching their financial goals.
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As shown below, many of the most significant gains in the stock market occurred following significant down periods. Investors who abandon their strategy during a market downturn may miss out on those gains. By taking a long-term view, investors who stay invested may have a better chance of reaching their financial goals.
Top 100 Days in the S&P 500 Index
Performance from January 1, 1998–December 31, 2018
We're here to help you through challenges when market volatility occurs. Backed by deep research and experience, we remain patient and disciplined through periods of market distress.
Keep in mind that investing involves risk. The value of your investment will fluctuate over time, and you may gain or lose money.
Optional investment management services provided for a fee through Fidelity Personal and Workplace Advisors LLC (FPWA), a registered investment adviser and a Fidelity Investments company. Discretionary portfolio management provided by its affiliate, Strategic Advisers LLC, a registered investment adviser. These services are provided for a fee.
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