Market volatility has surged over the last few weeks for the first time in several years. Now people are asking what they should do if the volatility continues. Remember, volatility works two ways: upside volatility and downside volatility. Here are three ways long-term investors can navigate a volatile market. The first important thing to keep in mind is your time-frame. Are you able to remain calm when the market pulls back or will you panic and sell whenever the market falls a few hundred points.
Conventional wisdom tells us that people behave rationally, yet most people make emotional, not rational, decisions (especially with their money). We all know, markets go up, down, and sideways. When markets go up, people feel good. When they move sideways (or, what I call, chop-city), most people lose patience and get frustrated. Finally, when markets go down, fear takes over and most people tend to panic and sell right before the market turns higher. That is just human nature.
Since the beginning of February 2018, stocks have fallen sharply and volatility has exploded. This has been the largest decline we have seen since August 2015 for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite. In fact, it is one of the largest and quickest point declines we have seen in history. Now that the market is pulling back, here are three things investors should do:The first, and most important, thing people should do during a correction is to stay calm and not panic.
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Selecting a term
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