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Subject:  Re: maybe done Date:  5/18/2013  7:13 PM
Author:  mungofitch Number:  243172 of 254159

Since May 1997 through yesterday, my portfolio has had a CAGR of 15.44%,
during that same time frame, the SP500 has had a return of 6.08% with dividends reinvested.
...


Real life, very good, and plausible returns. I love it!
(why do I say plausible? Hey, if you'd said 45%/year we wouldn't have believed you)
That's what we're here for.

Nothing is ever going to return 20%/year over the long run.
But if you can beat the index by a few points on average over a large number of years, it really adds up.
Not addressing your tax situation, you have 9.95 times as much money as
you did then, and with SPY you'd have 2.57 times as much money.
I suspect that's even better than most of us will average, but still...
It's worth the bother, even if you had a bit of work and occasional anguish once a month.
It's not as if buy-and-hold is without its own anguish.

Kudos!

Jim
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