Memories of the global financial crisis still weigh heavily on the minds of many investors. From October 2007 to March of 2009, the S&P 500 lost 55%, creating the greatest market downturn since the Great Depression. For investors who maintained a disciplined approach however, this memory is far less painful, as the S&P 500 has not only fully recovered its losses, but has produced nearly 100% gains. Today’s recommended reading article, “You Just Doubled Your Money if You Invested at the 2007 Market Peak,” by Lu Wang, a journalist at Bloomberg, points out that an investor in the S&P 500 has doubled their money since October 2007. This is just another example of what has occurred for investors numerous times throughout history, and a reminder that successful investing is accomplished by staying focused on long-term goals and not the daily fluctuations of the markets.