Investors have been promised an elixir of big returns and low volatility. But the truth is that to achieve outstanding long-term returns, investors must be prepared to endure large drawdowns along the way – even for the best-performing stocks and portfolios.
Investors are well aware that equity markets have commenced 2022 with severe volatility and big price declines. Certain long-term winning businesses have recently become a lot cheaper. That is, less risky. We acknowledge that the drawdowns have been uncomfortable, as they always are. But understanding these as part of the natural journey to strong long-term compounding gives peace of mind to stay the course.