Wall Street Myths – Average Vs. Actual

That fact of the matter is that for every 25% loss you incur—you must gain 33⅓% just to get back even!

In our equation most investors would say that they averaged 0% over the last 2 years. In other words +25% and -25% averages out to 0%.

The truth is if you go up (or down) 25% and then go down (or up) 25% your average return has been a negative 3.17%.

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