Several times a week for the last three or four years, I’ve heard too many people commenting that we’re in a market bubble and headed for a correction.
While I agree there will be a market correction at some point—just like there have been for hundreds of years, no one knows for sure when it’s going to happen.
For anyone who listened to the naysayers’ rantings about a bubble and pulled money out of the markets, they’ve missed out on one of the greatest bull markets in U.S. history.
On April 20, 2015, Vanguard reported on the top 10 bull markets in U.S. history. In a little over six years, the S&P 500 rose 248% from its March 2009 bottom through the end of March 2015.
Who would have imagined this was even possible considering the extent of the Great Recession of 2008.
Vanguard shows this has been the 3rd best market in U.S. history.
Think about that for just a moment. The 3rd largest bull market ever in U.S. history.
With all the uncertainty and constant news of uncertainty, the markets have been amazing.
No one knows what that markets are going to do from here, but once the S&P 500 reaches 2496, it will become the 2nd largest bull market ever.
For everyone who tried to predict this market or listened to the predictions, how much wealth did it cost you?
- How many more years do you have to work because you don’t have enough to retire when you want to?
- How much more do you have to try and save because you didn’t participant in the current bull market?
- How much more must you cut your lifestyle to retire at the age you want to?
By listening to the noise and falling into the trap, you’ve magnified your personal sense of uncertainty.
If you had ignored the naysayers, developed a sound investment philosophy, and stuck to the strategy, chances are you would be more confident about securing your retirement and financial future.