The markets go up more than they go down!

Well, today was a surprisingly strong day for the market!

The Dow was up .79%. If it wasn’t for Boeing, it would have been up a lot more.

The S&P 500 was up 1.47% and the Nasdaq was up 2%.

Today was one of those days that just came out of nowhere. No rhyme, no reason. I hadn’t a clue, as I prepared for my day this morning, that the markets would perform as strongly as they did! Not a clue.

And this is why you have to always be in the market and not try to time it.

The market started off today with a mixture of tragic and positive news.

First, a Boeing (NYSE: BA) 737 Max 8 plane transporting passengers on an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed, killing all 157 people on board.

The other headline this morning was a corporate takeover, in which Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX) agreed to be acquired by Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) for $7 billion in cash.

On top of that, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) was upgraded by Banc of America to a buy and a $210 price target. And the markets were off to the races.

One of the things I love about investing is how unpredictable it is! You have no idea what will happen from one day to the next.

However – the one thing we do know for sure is that markets tend to go up much more than they go down.

That’s why it’s important to be in it!

My book, The Stock Market is For Everyone, is a short guide for the beginning, inexperienced investor that is easy to understand and can be put into action immediately.

Click the image of the book at left to be taken to its Amazon page.  (Disclosure: As a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, I earn a small commission on each sale generated through these links.)

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Ask Wealthy Joe: Invest in Gold?

invest in gold

Good morning!

So last week, I received a text from a friend asking me about investing in gold.

The ads are out there – you’ve seen them on TV, on websites, and perhaps have even received an email talking about the riches to be made investing in gold and other precious metals.

Using this calculator, let’s take a look at what you’d have today if you’d purchased $1000 in gold 19 years ago, on February 11, 2000:

Adjusted for inflation, your return would have been 181.566%.

Your $1000 investment would now be worth $2,815.66.

“Wow!  That’s nearly triple my investment!”

Yes.  It is.

Let’s now go to Stockchoker and see what that $1000 would be worth today had you purchased shares in various companies’ stock on the same day:

Home Depot (NYSE: HD): Up 343.99%, your $1000 would be worth $4439.91.

“OK…”

Wait, I’m not done!

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN): Your investment would be up 1988.86%…

…meaning your $1000 would now be worth $20,888.57.

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL): Your investment would be up 4880.24%…

…your $1000 would now be worth $49,802.36.

There is simply no substitute for investing in the stock market when it comes to accumulating wealth!

If you’re thinking about investing in precious metals, do something that will be truly precious to your and your children’s future.  Open up a brokerage account and put that money into the stock of good companies today!  My short guide, below, walks you through everything you need to know.

My book, The Stock Market is For Everyone, is a short guide for the beginning, inexperienced investor that is easy to understand and can be put into action immediately.

Click the image of the book at left to be taken to its Amazon page.  (Disclosure: As a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, I earn a small commission on each sale generated through these links.)