Take a quick guess – what do you think the average annual return of the S&P 500 Index has been since the start of the century almost 16 years ago?
Especially in light of the recent bull market, one of the biggest in history.
So what percent do you think the index has grown on average each year? Maybe 4%? 8%? 12%?
C’mon – humor me and take your best guess…
Okay… so over the last nearly 16 years, since January 1, 2000, the S&P 500 (which represents the broad market) has had an annual growth rate of only 1.96% per year. (Note: We are referring to the Compound Annual Growth Rate or “CAGR”.) [Read more…] “Has the Risk You’ve Taken in the Stock Market Since 2000 Been Worth It?”