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Why You Should Stay Invested Today

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which the Fool's Austin Smith and Andrew Tonner discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin and Andrew discuss why it's so important to stay invested over the long run. In the Dow Jones Industrials' impressive 100-year history, there have been a few periods of flat and uninspiring growth, but on the whole, the returns have been enormous. In recent memory, investors have had their confidence tested with three big spikes in the Volatility Index since 2008 alone, yet taking a step back, investors can see that the market has soldiered on over time. Fellow Fool Morgan Housel recently pointed out that 80% of returns are earned 20% of the time. The only problem is that 20% is nearly impossible to nail, so rather than run for cover, investors should recognize this reality and stay invested for the long run. 

Savvy investors aren't married to investing in the broad market, though. There are great long-term individual stocks out there as well. Austin highlights three great dividend-paying stocks you can sock away and forget about.

As great as his three dividends may be, though, Fool analysts have highlighted even better ones. You can read about the 9 Rock-Solid Dividends they picked today. Just click here for your free copy of their report.

Andrew Tonner and The Motley Fool have no positions in the stocks mentioned above. Austin Smith owns shares of McDonald's. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend McDonald's. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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