The Siena Investor - Spring 2014

How Risky Are Individual Stocks?  2003 provided a great example of just how risky individual stocks can be. According to Morningstar there were 5,758 stocks in existence for the entire year. While the S&P 500 rose more than 28 percent in 2003, 866 stocks (15 percent) produced negative returns. Their average loss was 33 percent and they underperformed the S&P an average 61 percent.