This Viral Video Shows How It’s Impossible to Time the Market

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Whenever the stock market gets choppy, some investors retreat. They pull their money out and wait until it feels safe to get back in. But here’s the problem with this strategy: when it finally feels safe, it’s too late. You’ve already missed out on the biggest gains of the recovery. Consider this stat, courtesy of J.P. Morgan Asset Management: If you missed out on the market’s top 10 days over the last two decades, your overall return was cut in half. No one can predict when those big days will be, so your best bet for the long term is to buy and hold. Today’s featured story charts the 125-year history of the Dow and shows why it’s impossible to time the market.

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Elizabeth O'Brien is deputy editor at Money. She has covered retirement and health care for nearly a decade. A Brooklyn resident and mom of two boys, she navigates the alphabet soup of Medicare and the New York City subway system with equal ease. You can email her at and follow her on Twitter at @elizobrien.

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