Ask a Fool: Will the Markets Go Up Forever?

Ask a Fool: Will the Markets Go Up Forever?

In this edition of The Motley Fool's "Ask a Fool" series, Motley Fool One analyst Jason Moser takes a question from a reader who asks: "Will markets go up forever?" While one can assume yes (at least for the purposes of our lifetimes), looking further out can certainly raise a host of questions.

As emerging markets continue to, well, emerge, and technology continues to improve, more people will need more things, and more things will become more accessible to more people. And as the world's population grows, it certainly makes sense that markets will grow with it. But it won't be a straight line upward, and at the end of the day, it behooves the individual investor to recognize that anything is possible and remain properly diversified.

So are you a long-term investor?
It's no secret that investors tend to be impatient with the market, but the best investment strategy is to buy shares in solid businesses and keep them for the long term. In the special free report, "3 Stocks That Will Help You Retire Rich," The Motley Fool shares investment ideas and strategies that could help you build wealth for years to come. Click here to grab your free copy today.

The article Ask a Fool: Will the Markets Go Up Forever? originally appeared on

Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Copyright © 1995 - 2014 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Originally published