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Equity risk premium

The concept that justifies investment in stocks, where your capital is at risk, rather than gilt-edged bonds which are as safe an investment as you can get and where your capital is not at risk provided you hold the bond til maturity.The theory goes that it is only worth investing in stocks if the return you get exceeds the return you could get on gilts - otherwise, why would you take on the extra risk? The difference in returns is known as the equity risk premium.Every historical analysis of returns achieved by stocks compared to bonds shows that stocks outperform bonds in the long term. This is why you repeatedly hear pundits say that the stock market, while risky in the short term, is not risky in the long term. The key thing, as a private investor, is to leave your money in the market for long enough for the long term benefit to eradicate the short term risk. Stick your money in the market for two months, and it might go down 20% if you are unlucky. Stick it in a well-diversified portfolio for 30 years, and it should produce returns that comfortably exceed what you could have got from bonds.



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