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Data, Positivity, Long-Term Average

We must admit that there are some news items that are simply too much fun to pass up. Like this one  which shows what happens on the Internet every minute so far in 2020. Some of these data points will not surprise you – but some will! 

 In a simple and straightforward way, Ben Carlson writes a timely piece here with comments directed to managing uncertainty in periods like 2020. As you read this, think of a time when there has not been uncertainty based largely on not being able to predict the future. 

 In this brief post the folks at Dimensional very succinctly point out the long-term average return of the S&P 500 Index from 1926 – 2019 to be about 10%. But as their chart shows, it has not been a straight line up. For the long-term investor (which all of us are to some extent), this is a gentle reminder that we often have to follow the-path-less-traveled. 

 Jim Butler, CFP®, AIF®

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