Staying invested in stocks despite negative news has historically been profitable.
Whether the headline comes from a newspaper or a push notification, there will always be negative news that will make investors wary. Looking back over the past 50 years, despite many reasons not to invest, staying the course ended up being profitable.
The table below outlines standout news events from each year ending in zero in the last half-century. Even though the reasons not to invest were compelling, disciplined investors who tuned out the noise and stayed invested in stocks were rewarded in the long term.
Staying Invested Despite Negative News
Sources: Morningstar and Hartford Funds, 2/20. This table assumes an initial investment of $10,000 in stocks (represented by the S&P 500 Index) at the beginning of the period (January 1) and held through the end of the referenced period (December 31). Results will vary for other time periods and investment strategies. Assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains and no taxes or transaction costs. The S&P 500 Index is a market capitalization-weighted price index composed of 500 widely held common stocks. Past performance does not guarantee future results. The index is unmanaged and not available for direct investment. For illustrative purposes only.
Investing is a long-term endeavor. There will be years such as 2008 when the S&P 500 Index dropped 37%, which turned a $10,000 investment at the start of the year into $6,300 by the end of the year.1 Nevertheless, history suggests that participating in the market has paid off over time.