This year continues to be a difficult one for stock investors as it dipped back into the red once again on Friday. Originally I assumed that 2015 would be just like last year. That being a volatile market with solid returns in the end.
S&P 500 Annual Returns
+26.5% in 2009
+15.1% in 2010
+2.1% in 2011…almost all gains just from dividends
+16.0% in 2012
+32.4% in 2013
+13.7% in 2014
What you will notice is that after the big runs in 2009 and 2010 stocks needed to rest for a while. What you might even call "a pause that refreshes" . This paved the way for ample gains the next three years. So perhaps another refreshing pause is in store.
Fret not. A sideways market only means lackluster gains if you just invest in Index funds. By focusing on a proven system stock picking system like the Zacks Rank, you can still chart a path to strong results.