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Illustrating the importance of buy low, sell high

5 Jan 2011 by Jim Fickett.

In response to the “Buy low, sell high” post, Barry Hillman sent a link to a very nice graphic in the New York Times. This shows, for every possible choice of a starting year between 1920 and 2010, and a later ending year in the same range, the returns given by the S&P 500 if one bought in the starting year and sold in the ending year. The results are extremely variable, and many combinations produced negative or barely positive returns. It really does not work very well to blindly buy and hope for the best. One needs to work at it, and get in and out at appropriate times.