The following video is from Friday's Motley Fool Money roundtable discussion with host Chris Hill and analysts Ron Gross, Joe Magyer, and Tim Hanson.

In this segment, Chris notes that for all the individual investors out there inundated with catastrophic pessimistic news this year globally, financially, and politically, it's easy to miss that it was actually a good year to be an investor. With public confidence in the safety of stock market investments down, the guys discuss what to focus on, and how to tune out all the downers.


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The article Why Individual Investors Should Be Optimistic originally appeared on Fool.com.

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