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Retired Vermonter

From someone who used to do this stuff for a living....

Quoting a single year's total return and comparing this to broad indexes is interesting, and return is return. But how much market risk did you take to get the return? Volatility? How did your mix of holdings compare with an equivalent mix of index ETFs? Have you been able to reproduce this kind of annual-return-to-broad-market-return over the past several years or decades?

We all, at some point, outperform broad indexes, and it certainly feels good to do so. Unfortunately, this usually has more to do with having our investment boat in the water when the tide comes in....and typically has little to do with our investment acumen.

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