Rule #1 in investing is don’t lose money and never lose big. The chart below shows the portfolio gain needed to recover from a given loss. The hurdle gets real high the bigger your loss. A 60% loss requires a 150% gain just to get back to even.
Jeremy Jones, CFA, CFP® is the Director of Research at Young Research & Publishing Inc., and the Chief Investment Officer at Richard C. Young & Co., Ltd. Richard C. Young & Co., Ltd. was ranked #10 in CNBC's 2019 Financial Advisor Top 100. Jeremy is also a contributing editor of youngresearch.com.