The broad US stock market surprised many investors with above average returns in 2014. The S&P 500 Index rose 11.39%, and the total return with reinvested dividends was 13.69%. By comparison, the average annual return for the 1926–2014 period was 12.05%, and the annualized (compound) return was 10.02%.
The year 2014 was a challenging one in many respects, but perhaps the biggest challenge was to resist the urge to dip and dart in response to the cascade of news events and opinions that suggested action of some sort was imperative for financial success.
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