Investing, The Model A Way

Old Ford Model A’s are not fast. Well, stock one’s are not fast, but they got the job done. Henry Ford had a great idea when he put Fords on the road. The Model T was first, and it’s solid dependability, and accessibility, allowed people to move farther in life than they had before.

Later, the Model A came along. The Model A was an improvement on the Model T, and once again folks were going farther than they ever had; not fast, but further.

Investing is like driving a Model A. Progress is made slowly, but if the Model A is sound, one can go far. The same thing can be said about a good investment “vehicle.” If it is sound, progress will be made. My “vehicle” is the stock market.

Now I know it’s not been the strongest in the last few months, it’s been up and down, but so can any other route towards progress. Although I live in Texas, where we mostly have flat land, there are areas that can be quite hilly. One just has to be patient and press on.

The stock market is a sound “vehicle,” as history has shown. Oh, it’s not for the short haul, that’s for sure, but if one were to look at the history, one would see that the market growth is primarily positive.

Market Watch’s “8 Lessons From 80 Years of Market History” points out:

  • Market history, in 10-year increments, is mostly positive.
  • The market has experienced decades of positive returns.
  • The most consistent high performance “winner” has been small-cap value stocks.
  • The first decade of this century has been considered a decade of loss, largely because of large-cap growth stocks and a couple of strong bear markets. Despite this points, investments spread across the 4 asset classes wound with an average gain of 6.7%, after all.

Although the market appears to be falling, most expectations are for it going back up again, as it historically has done. A great point is made at the U.S. News and World Report website Money, in the article “Is the 7 Percent Return for Stocks Extinct?”

If stocks could generate 6.6 percent a year for over two centuries that included a couple of world wars, a U.S. civil war, a Great Depression, and too many financial panics to count, why would you expect lower returns in the future? “

My thoughts exactly, and that’s one of the reasons why I believe that investing, the Model A Way, is the way to go. Long term, slow, but steady growth. As for the ups and downs of the market, sometimes the old Fords had to be driven up hills backwards, to keep pressing on. In doing so, they got the people where they wanted to go. The stock market can do that too, but you just have to be patient and “Drive It” like a Model A.

So, what’s your investment “vehicle?”

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