I was recently reading an article about emotional investing and there were two key points that really caught my attention. The first was that the average investor had underperformed the market by four percent. The second was that, by simply following the world share index over the last 40 years, your initial investment would now be worth 45 times what you started with (including the dividends received during that time).
Along the way, we endured the stagflation and oil embargo crisis of the late 70’s, Black Monday in the 80’s, the Russian Rubble crisis, Tech Wreck, the 9/11 stock market crash and most recently the GFC. Assuming we stuck solid, at the end of all that we would have 45 times what we started with, plus regular income