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What to Do During Volatile Markets

Turbulent times lead to unpredictable markets. Many factors can cause these swings in the investing world such as housing bubbles, political elections, international instability, and as we have seen recently, a global health pandemic.

Despite this uncertainty, experts believe that staying calm and staying the course is wise. This will allow one’s portfolio to have the chance to recover compared to panicking and selling out during a downturn.

Don’t Sell Out

Although it can be alarming to review your account in this market decline, comfort can be found through reviewing the history of the market. Essentially, it shows that after the biggest corrections, the average growth rate was typically strong (see chart below).

Historical Performance

*Source: Morningstar; S&P 500 Total Return

If you are still nervous about the markets, only make incremental changes of 5%-10% to your account. While we cannot accurately predict the future, we can be hopeful that these market fluctuations will lead to long term growth.

Don’t Stop Your Contributions

One of the biggest investment mistakes is to stop saving during a downturn, especially if your employer makes a match. It is important to follow the ‘dollar-cost averaging’ theory which explains that, if one is to regularly invest a fixed amount of money, they will benefit due to buying when the market is both low and high. In this theory, one must think of an economic downturn as a sale, so not investing during this ‘sale’ could mean losing out on growth potential in the future.

Seek Help

You are not alone. Times of financial distress are perfect opportunities to reach out to us here at Spectrum as we would be delighted help evaluate past investments, manage future risk, and rebalance your portfolio in a way that is best suited for you.

This information has been developed as a general guide to educate plan sponsors and is not intended as authoritative guidance or tax/legal advice. Each plan has unique requirements and you should consult your attorney or tax advisor for guidance regarding your specific situation.


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