MarketWatch Premium: A long-held investing belief — that stocks always beat bonds over the long term — turns out to be untrue


Stocks don’t always beat bonds, no matter how long you hold them.

That is the disturbing conclusion of one of the most important research projects completed over the last month. It’s alarming because, if we can’t count on stocks to beat bonds no matter how long the holding period, we need to rethink what otherwise has been the bedrock principle underlying virtually all of our financial plans.


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