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I understand your concern about market returns. If you invest in index funds, that may be what you get.

Here are the returns on 4 of my stocks over the 2007-Today period

TIC Close Buy Date Price % Return %SP Ret
NFLX $179.23 6/1/2007 $21.56 +731.3% -12.9%
IMAX $25.19 8/29/2007 $4.40 +472.5% -8.8%

DLB $66.89 8/17/2007 $34.09 +96.2% -7.7%
ATW $37.42 8/17/2007 $33.24 +12.6% -7.7%

(This is from "My Scorecard" on MF)

These are the 2 highest and 2 lowest that I bought in 2007. In 2008, I bought more stocks, Ford being the best for 2008.

I believe NFLX is the only stock I bought in 2007 that did not go negative during 2008. I believe IMAX went down about 50%. Some did not recover until 2010.

Yes, the market was going down. Having been retired since 2005, some people would call me nuts. I have been through a number of market sags, nothing this bad, but I have managed to get through them.

The market will correct itself again in the future. No one knows how much or when.

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