Even if you lose money in the stock market, there is still the opportunity to benefit. There have been numerous examples of investors who put money into the stock market during periods when the market was flat, and they still came out ahead.
A good course of action is to put money into your
long-term investments on a regular basis. Let’s look at one family that had
setup their Roth IRAs before the 2007-8 market losses. When they lost money in
their accounts, he decided to stop putting money in because he wasn’t sure it was
still a good idea. She, on the other hand, kept contributing. The difference in
their accounts 5 years later was shocking. You see, even though she didn’t like
losing money in 2007-8, she kept investing each month and she bought more
shares when the market was low. He, on the other hand, waited for the share
prices to go back up before contributing again and, thus, bought his shares at
a higher price than she did. Buy low and sell high is still the best idea. So,
yes, even though we feel the losses twice as much as we feel gains, consistent
long-term investing is a good approach for establishing the kind of retirement
you would like.