As we near the end of the year and are evaluating the performance of the stock and bond markets, it has clearly been a difficult year. Even the U.S. market, which has performed strongly the last few years is barely at breakeven for the year. The reasons for the poor performance ranges from a slowing economy in China, to the rout in commodities, and the fear of a slowdown in the US economy.
When evaluating year-end performance it’s important to keep in mind that the successful investor takes a long-term approach and that the short-term performance of each year matters, but we shouldn’t obsess over it since it is the effect of compounding over a long period that make the biggest difference in our outcome.
Source: What Bull Market?