At the beginning of this month, I was listening to a podcast (like usual). It just happened to be the Dave Ramsey Show and Dave was going on a rant about the media. He was frustrated that the media only reports the doom and gloom of the stock market crashes, but never reports positive stock market reports.This frustration stemmed from the fact that the S&P 500 earned 20% in 2017 and there was no mention of it on the nightly news. The nightly news may mention a daily gain or loss, but rarely mentions the gains over the course of a year.
Earlier this week, I was listening to a podcast and the conversation on the podcast got me thinking. I have heard a certain statement time and time again. I have heard it from my pastor, my father and even the people I listen to on podcasts. They all have stated at one point: "The stock market is at its highest value in history." A lot of times this is said with the idea that the value of the stock market is a bad thing. And I will admit, there is no guarantee in the value of the stock market. It flucuates over time and it will go down, but will the fall be that bad?