5. Over time, markets rise
Despite what happens in the world, and how news is reported, while stocks may suffer some short-term volatility, historically stock markets keep rising.
Casting a critical view over 70 years of covers and headlines, Time magazine wrote:
“After 70 years of doom, gloom, world wars, terrorist attacks, Y2K, swine flu, bird flu, coronavirus, oil embargos, oil spills, increasing energy prices, nuclear meltdowns, poverty, recessions, inflation, housing bubbles, high unemployment, increasing taxes, corporate and municipal bankruptcies, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, tornadoes, presidential assassinations, soaring national debt, threat of thermonuclear war, Communism, Nazism, Socialism, political incompetence, union extortion, corporate malfeasance and 13 cataclysmic “end of the world” bear markets nobody thought we could ever recover from, a hypothetical person who invested $10,000 (one time) into the S&P 500 PR Index (excludes dividends) on 9 January, 1950, and who never, not even once, paid any attention to the markets or any of the media-hyped front page news events that unfolded in the world over the next 70 years – who actually bought and held – looked at their hypothetical account value on 19 March 2020, only to find that their one-time investment of $10,000 had grown to $1,410,648, averaging 7.30% per year.”