Missing Top-Performing Days Can Hurt Your Return
Hypothetical Investment of $100,000 in the S&P 500 Index Over the Last 20 Years (1998–2017)
The graph below shows how a hypothetical $100,000 investment in stocks would have been aﬀected by missing the market’s top-performing days over the 20-year period from January 1, 1998 to December 31, 2017. For example, an individual who remained invested for the entire time period would have accumulated $400,768, while an investor who missed just fve of the top-performing days during that period would have accumulated only $265,866.
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