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Thursday, November 10th, 2011
By Scott Ronalds
I feel for the twentysomething generation. Good jobs are tough to come by, home ownership is out of reach for many (in Vancouver and Toronto, at least), skinny jeans are deemed fashionable for men, and a weekend camping now means pitching a tent downtown.
What’s more, young investors are avoiding risk at an alarming rate. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (The Young and the Riskless) highlights a survey which showed that 52% of investors in their 20s agreed with the statement: “I will never feel comfortable investing in the stock market.” (only 29% of investors of all ages agreed with the statement)
The piece suggests: “Investors who eschew risk at such a young age might be setting themselves up for disappointment. Without the compounding effects that come with investing in equities for a long time, stock-less investors might find it nearly impossible to accumulate a big enough nest egg to retire at all, let alone in their 60s.”
We’re all aware that the stock market has been turbulent over the past several years, and that the economic headlines aren’t exactly rosy. But investors in their 20s who intend to avoid stocks altogether are making a mistake. A big one. Over a 30-40 year investment horizon, stocks will almost certainly outperform cash and bonds. This is especially true using today as a starting point – stock valuations are attractive on many measures and bond yields are close to historically low levels. Big short-term swings in the market are hard to stomach and can be particularly damaging for older investors, but the twentysomethings should use volatility to their benefit.
Young investors, no doubt traumatized by the events of the past few years, need to step up and take some risk (i.e., invest in stocks) if they want a phat portfolio down the road.
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