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Long-Term Investing: A Cautionary True Life Tale

The financial services industry’s bias toward long-term investing as the magic formula to the problems that face the individual investor is wrong and misleading.

For example, illustrating unrealistic long-term time horizons of 100 or 200 years of equity returns (NYSEARCA:VTI) to prove that we should all be long-term investors is a common practice among both academicians and the financial advisor community.

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The Long-Term Investing Fallacy

The financial services industry likes to preach the benefits of compounding returns and long-term investing. Have they overstated or even misstated their cause?

It’s common for industry types to illustrate unrealistic long-term time horizons of 100 or 200 years of equity returns (NYSEARCA:DIA) to prove that we should be long-term investors.

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