Recently the stock market reminded us that it’s not always smooth sailing. And for some investors who may not have experienced these fluctuations in the past, it can be scary. That said, it helps to have some perspective.
First of all, it’s important to remember that we’ve had an unusually long period of growth in the market. Under normal conditions, the market typically has more ups and downs.
And although the drop early in February 2018 was significant, when you look at it in terms of percentages, the Dow’s one-day decline of over -4% didn’t even rank in the top 20 worst days for the market. For comparison, on Black Monday in 1987, the market fell over -20% in a single day.
So what does this mean for investors? For me, I’m staying invested and continuing with my regular 401k contributions. I still have many years before retirement, so I have time to ride out the volatility. In fact, when the market goes down, I see it as an opportunity to buy more shares while they’re on sale. Remember, the goal is to buy low and sell high — not the other way around.
Past performance of any security, or of the stock market in general, does not guarantee future results. Investing in equity stocks is risky and subject to the volatility of the markets.
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