Ask The Advisor: Stay On Track With Your Investing Plan

By Monica Chandra, CFP ®, Financial Advisor

Monica is a Certified Financial Planner ™ and advises Members at our Santa Ana branch.

The stock market can rise and fall on world events. Bad news can send it plunging as investors panic and sell off their investments, while good news keeps them active in the market. Sometimes referred to as a roller coaster, the market can be a ride many are nervous taking, particularly when it goes south. But common sense says you wouldn’t jump off a ride midway through, no matter how scary the dips. That could be disastrous. Still, weathering volatility can be an extremely emotional journey for many.

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Keeping Your Cool During Market Volatility

When the stock market has a downturn, many investors go into panic mode, selling off parts of their portfolio to avoid temporary drops, and then missing potential gains when it bounces back.

For example, last December the S&P 500 dropped by a whopping 9%, one of the worst Decembers for investing performance since the Great Depression. A dramatic downturn to be sure, but the upside to the story was the day after Christmas it enjoyed its best performance since 2009. Still, the downturn seemed to have more of a negative impact on many investors than the subsequent rebound did.

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