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Stock-Markets / Stock Market Sentiment Aug 05, 2009 - 06:17 PM GMT

By: Mike_Stathis

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Last month I posted a poll on my website www.avaresearch.com asking readers by how much the U.S. stock market would return on average, annually over the next ten years.  The results were a bit surprising. 


Now let's have a look at the results. Coming in first place with 26.39% of the votes was an expected 2% annual return over the next ten years. A very close second with 25.69% of the voters feel the average annual returns will be -5%. 

Wow, you guys are really pessimistic!   

Understand that if this poll was taken in 2007 when the Dow was 13,000 to 14,000, these expectations would be more reasonable. However, now that the market has sold off by a huge amount, in my opinion it is likely we will see positive returns over the next ten years; not because the economy will fully recover, but because it will recover enough to mount small positive returns. 

If I had to make a guess based upon where the Dow was when the poll was taken (a rough average of around 8800), I would say that 2% is still too pessimistic (I hope!). 

I would say that 5% is more reasonable.

Note that if the market returned an average of 5% annually over the next ten years, the Dow would still only be around 15,000, which is not much higher than the highs made in October 2007 of around 14,200.  In my view, such results are plenty pessimistic. Anything lower is extremely pessimistic.  Negative returns from here assume a Japan-type downward spiral (since 1989), which I do not feel is likely.

Note that 8% average annual returns are not out of the question, but ONLY because the market sold off so hard.  But anything beyond that is very unlikely.

In conclusion, I would estimate that the average annual performance for the Dow over the next decade will be 5-7%, with much of these average gains registering towards the later part of this ten-year period. 

This means it’s a fairly good time for new investors to invest. But be forewarned. I expect several periods of up and down volatility. Furthermore, note that when adjusted for inflation, these gains might well be wiped out so you will need higher returns.  And you won't get them buying mutual funds or using a buy-and-hold strategy (which is how annual performance in measured).

For investors who got caught in the market and are looking at losses since 2007 or 2008, you are going to have to not only become a great stock picker, but more importantly you will need to actively manage your positions. The AVA newsletter is geared towards helping you do that.

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