The stock market has experienced a nice rise upward since its March 2009 lows. So far this year, through April 30th, the S&P 500 has returned 1.92%. Real estate as an asset class has been down with the DJ US Select REIT TR index posting a return of -1.35%. International (MSCI EAFE NR USD) is the top performing asset class though the end of April with a 9.16% return. (Souce: Morningstar as of 4-30-2015)
Many successful long-term investors don't get too excited when things are going well, and they don't despair when things are going poorly. Instead, they stick to long-term plans that are built around their financial goals and their tolerance for risk. We believe that the best way to reach those long term goals is to remain disciplined and patient – whether you are experiencing joy over the markets recent good returns or grief from periods when things aren't so great.