Investing for a Long Time, Not a Good Time
In this episode, Rachelle and Corey use a LOT of metaphors to explore the idea that investing for long-term growth should be boring! This isn’t a game; it’s trying to achieve your goals (like having enough money when you retire) without taking on unnecessary and often unsuccessful risks.
Our favorite metaphor:
- Did you know that Greenland sharks have a life expectancy of 250-500 years?!
- They grow very slowly, live in cold water, and are more or less immune to most cancers and diseases.
- Definitely a slow and steady wins the race creature!
Applying this to investing:
- When you invest for exciting returns in the short-term, you win some and you lose some. Not usually the best results when you do that over a long period of time.
- More exciting = more risky
- Taking a well-diversified approach does not usually result in “exciting” returns. Sometimes your portfolio goes up a bit, sometimes it goes down. But it gives you the best change of “good enough” returns over a long period of time.
- Less exiting = less risky
Sometimes folks think investing is glamorous; but if you’re doing it right, it’s more like the Greenland shark.
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