In a new report from Fidelity Investments, 55% of respondents surveyed state that they now accept any positive gains at all as an investing success, while another 23% believe that break-even investment returns can be considered a success in the current challenging market environment. The mind-numbing market swings that have ravaged portfolios since the market slide that began in the fall of 2008 now have investors re-evaluating their risk-tolerance levels and reconsidering their confidence in the stock market.
While such volatility is enough to scare any investor, the survey also showed that many have begun adjusting to market uncertainty. Four out of 10 investors (43%) reported feeling confident in their investment decisions, and 22% said that they've adjusted to the new market conditions and are becoming more engaged in managing or monitoring their investments.
With 100-point market swings likely to continue, it's a good bet that investor returns in the future will be more closely tied to their ability to manage and monitor their portfolios.