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Why is my return so low?

A low return simply indicates that the value of the investments you’ve made hasn’t yet increased significantly. In fact, some of the investments you’ve bought may have lost value since you purchased them.

Before you panic, we urge you to consider how long you’ve been investing. A few weeks, months, or even a year can seem like a long time, but a year is actually a very short time frame when you’re investing for the long term.

Perhaps you bought an ETF last year and it has less value than the day you purchased it. We understand that this can be disheartening. However, when you look at overall market trends over decades, and not years, you start to see that the overall trend of the market is up.

It is also important to remember that Stash represents your overall return in your portfolio screen, and this takes into account the gains and losses of each of your individual investments.

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