Given what is happening in our world these days, it’s easy to get stuck. Stuck in the unknown, stuck in fear, or stuck with worry…it tests us all. If we allow ourselves to only focus on the challenges and tragedies, our days can become very bleak.
I’m not suggesting we ignore what is happening around us. Quite the contrary, I feel we should take action to help those around us in every way possible. Whether it is our time, our money or our prayers, we should help.
So, where am I going with this? Over the last several years we have been bombarded with the financial crisis. It would be literally impossible to turn on the news without some sort of story related to our economic challenges. No doubt, we have had some difficult times.
But, I’m here to share some inspiring news! Here’s some statistics that I think will make us all feel better. As you probably know, in 1932 the U.S. experienced the Great Depression. Did you know that in the subsequent 5 years, the market experienced a 194% return? Exciting to think about, isn’t it?
In 1982, the U.S. had the worst recession it had experienced in the prior 25 years. But, in the subsequent 5 years, the market experienced a 183% return!
Here’s one more. In 1994, the U.S. had a dramatic tightening of interest rates, (which means interest rates were going up). In the following 5 years, the market experienced a 213% return! Wowza!
Even in our difficult times, we have rebounded, and rebounded nicely. Look to the future with optimism and hope, as we will surely look back at this time in history and appreciate the healthy rebound. It’s all going to be okay…