It’s vitally important that you understand market history, both the good and the bad, in order to turn your investment portfolio into a long-term wealth building machine. No one said that investing is easy, especially when it involves the emotionally driven stock market. That said, investing rewards those with discipline, emotional fortitude, and patience. To be an investor, you have to get comfortable dealing with frequent periods of volatility spurred by political unrest, terrorism, economic turmoil and the boom and busts that are a regular part of market cycles. Despite the global challenges and uncertainty that have been a staple of the market over the past 37 years, the U.S. Stock Market has returned more than 11.50% per year. This means your investment portfolio would have doubled nearly every 7 years. If you want to build wealth, you must learn how to apply an understanding of market history into your investment game plan.