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Chart of the Day: Invest at the Record High

Samuel A. Kiburz Mar 5, 2024
Bar graph illustrating S&P 500 1-Year, 3-Year and 5-Year average cumulative returns from 1988 to 2020, comparing returns in investing on any day (light green) vs investing at all-time highs (dark green).


Today’s Chart, from Peter Mallouk via the Chart Report, shows the average cumulative S&P 500 returns from 1998 to 2020.The chart compares returns if you invested on any day (light green) vs. when investing while the market was at all-time highs (dark green.) Clients ask, “We are at a new stock market record; should we wait to invest new funds?” It turns out, history shows us that investing at the peak is a better time than any other. It goes against conventional wisdom, but since the market goes up over time, record highs are usually followed more record highs. 

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