Short-term investors lose out as shares take a battering

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The All Ordinaries has delivered solid returns over the past decade – but dismal returns over the past year.

The All Ords ended October at 5,913.30, representing a fall in monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and annual terms (see table below).

The fall during October was particularly pronounced, with the index falling from 6,325.50 to 5,913.30, a drop of 6.5 per cent.

However, the medium-term returns have been better, while the long-term returns have been better still.

Investors have enjoyed gains of 11.8 per cent over three years and 48.5 per cent over 10 years.

The All Ordinaries is an index made up of the share prices for 500 of the largest companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. It peaked at 6,873.20 on 1 November 2007.  

Close at end of October 5,913.30
Change over the past 1 month -6.5%
Change over the past 3 months -7.1%
Change over the past 6 months -2.6%
Change over the past 1 year -1.1%
Change over the past 3 years 11.8%
Change over the past 5 years 9.1%
Change over the past 10 years 48.5%

A property and personal finance writer, Nick Bendel covers property, loans, credit cards, superannuation, and other bank products. Nick has previously written for The Adviser, Mortgage Business, Lifehacker, Business Insider, Yahoo Finance, and InvestorDaily, and loves getting elbow-deep in the latest ABS, APRA and RBA data.

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