During your working years as you save and invest, it’s the average annual return you’re making on your money over time— not the individual year-to-year returns— that matters most.
When you’re saving and accumulating assets, the risks associated with a few years of negative returns are relatively negligible. Periodic market downturns can simply be viewed as opportunities to purchase more shares at lower prices. But when you transition to spending rather than accumulating (withdrawing assets), a few years of negative returns early on, combined with annual withdrawals, can serve to speed up the depletion of your assets.
The examples provided are all hypothetical and do not take into account any specific situations. The hypothetical examples are provided to help illustrate the concepts discussed throughout and do not consider the effect of fees, expenses, or other costs that will affect investing outcomes. Any actual performance results will differ from the hypothetical situations illustrated here. Please consult a professional to help you evaluate your situation before implementing any of the strategies discussed here.
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