What Common Stock Investing Can and Cannot do for your Net Worth

I have dedicated a significant percentage of this site to discussing investing and the wondrous things it can do.  What I haven’t done is touch on what it cannot do.  A long body of academic research in the US has shown that investing in stocks following specific strategies has lead to a higher net worth than investing in other assets such as bonds or real estate.  The pitfall is that unless you had a grandparent invest for you, the wealth stocks will make for you will come at the latter stages of your life. (more…)