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Vanguard Stock Market Index Fund Experiment
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Vanguard Stock Market Index Fund Experiment

Does VTSMX\VTSAX really work? I am a millennial who has heard enough stories about those burned by stock markets. Over the past couple of decades, I have developed a fear (bordering Paranoia) about stock market investing. In early 2017, I discovered Mr. Money Mustache and the online FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) community. They all religiously invest in stock market. After reading tons of blogs all advising index fund investment, I decided to wet my feet before jumping in headfirst. The experiment: Keep money invested for 1 year in an Index Fund. See what happens. On July 24, 2017 I invested 3000$ in VTSMX. I would see where I stand a year from then and make up my mind based on trends. I was neither looking for a raise nor a dip, I was just curious to see what woul...