For years we have been subjected to financial marketing that has downplayed the risks associated with investing. We have been led to believe that placing money in risk instruments, such as the stock market, is a reasonably safe way to save and grow money. This wasn’t such a big deal until the year 2000.
It is no mystery that stock markets steadily increased in value between 1950 and 2000. Sure, there was some risk and some down turns such as Black Monday on October 19, 1987 where the stock market plunged over 20% in one day. However if you were diversified and you held your positions for the long run you were likely to enjoy a reasonable rate of return on your investments. That is just not the case anymore.
Since 2000 the investment markets have been intensely risky and rates of return have been all over the map. Depending on when you needed your money you may have had to take a significant loss to get your money.
Reasonable Risk for the Rate of Return?