What Should I Do? Volatile Times in the Markets

March 15, 2022
What Should I Do? Volatile Times in the Markets

An extended period of volatility in the investment markets can test even the coolest heads. Dealing with volatility can be difficult for experienced as well as novice investors. These time-proven tips can help you and your portfolio survive the recent volatility and future market turbulence.

Keep a Long-Term Perspective

Don’t allow the market’s ups and downs make you lose sight of the reason you are investing in the first place: your future retirement. When you have many working years ahead of you, retirement is a long-term goal. Over the long term, stocks have historically earned higher returns than more conservative investments, such as bonds and cash.* While there is no guarantee that history will repeat itself, the record shows us that a recovering and growing stock market has always recovered after a correction (or decline).

Review Your Asset Allocation**

As a retirement plan investor, you can diversify on multiple levels. When you invest in a fund that holds multiple individual securities, you can obtain a measure of diversification.** You can further manage the risk level in your portfolio by investing in different asset classes. The theory behind diversification is that declines in one investment or asset class can be offset by the performance of other investments and asset classes that do not decline or decline only marginally.

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For additional help, consider talking to a financial professional, who can help you monitor your progress with your retirement savings and other areas of your financial life.

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Average annual total returns for the period ended 12/31/2021

Source: Bloomberg

S&P 500 Index Bloomberg US Aggregate

Bond Index

20 years 9.51% 4.32%
10 years 16.53% 2.90%
5 years 18.45% 3.57%
1 year 28.68% -1.54%


Year-to-date return for the period ended 3/11/2022

Source: Bloomberg

S&P 500 Index Bloomberg US Aggregate

Bond Index

12/31/2021 – 3/11/2022 -11.53% -4.79%

Source: Bloomberg

*Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Stock investing involves a high degree of risk. Stock prices fluctuate, and investors may lose money.

**Asset allocation and diversification do not ensure a profit or protect against loss.


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