Stocks are Risky…False Fact!

Show Notes

We’ve all heard the term, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” When it comes to the stock market, I’d simply change “beauty” to “risk” in this expression. How you define risk plays a huge role in your perception of stock market investing. A look at one set of data points may change all of that.

Jeff Harrell breaks down the fascinating results of a research report that analyzed stock market returns over various time periods, leading to a discussion about how risky the stock market is…or is not.

Investing involves risk, including the loss of principal—as all investment firm marketing pieces must disclose—but you should also understand that when it comes to financial markets, risk and volatility don’t mean exactly the same thing.

After hearing this episode, think about whether or not you agree with Jeff that one of the riskiest financial things you can do in your lifetime is to NOT invest in the stock market.

(Season 1 Episode 4)

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Podcast produced by Ted Cragg of

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