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Margarita Spivak

Impact of Coronavirus on Your Investment

Margarita Spivak

March 4th, 2020 | Written by

Impact of Coronavirus on Your Investment

The Coronavirus has spread from China to numerous countries around the world, including the United States. Markets have been reacting as the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 have both dropped more than 13%.

Stay Calm

You can take a deep breath and know you have a plan that factors in market volatility. Historically, markets have recovered very well in times of turmoil.  Downward turns in the markets have inevitably been followed by upward movement.
Impact of Coronavirus on Your Investment

Data is historical. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

In the chart above, the purple line represents the actual growth of the S&P 500 over the past 30 years. As you can see from the chart, there were some bumps along the way. The gray sections represent recessions. However, if an investor came in at the start, and stayed in the market through all of the turbulence, his investment would have grown by over 1000 percent.

Now look at the light blue line. This line represents what many investors want and sometimes expect: no market turbulence and only upward movement. This is, of course, completely unrealistic. However, in both scenarios the result is the same. If an investor entered the market 30 years and didn’t pay attention to his investment until today, he would feel fantastic about the growth of his investment, having missed all the market turbulence. This example goes to show you should stay calm and invested through market movement.

Stay Invested

Timing the market correctly is very difficult since markets are unpredictable. Missing just a few good days can cost you thousands of dollars.

Impact of Coronavirus on Your Investment

Data is from January 4, 1999 to December 31, 2018. Data is historical.
Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

Remember, investing is a long-term plan. While markets may move from day-to-day, you are in it for the long-haul. Market volatility may be an emotional experience. However, pulling out of the market at the first sign of volatility can cost you money and hurt your overall financial plan.

Don’t Make an Emotional Decision

Impact of Coronavirus on Your Investment Investors may struggle to separate their emotions from their investment decisions. When the market is high, investors may feel excited and invest at high prices. Once there is a downturn, fear can set in leading investors to offload their investment at a lower value. This dangerous cycle of excessive optimism and fear leads to poor decisions at the worst time.

Time, not timing, is the best way to capitalize on the stock market’s gains.

Should You Be Concerned?

Investing can be emotional, especially during a time where markets are reacting to current events. Remember, market volatility is normal, even amidst the Coronavirus epidemic. Our clients have diversified portfolios designed uniquely for their specific long-term goals and objectives. It’s best to stay the course and not attempt to time the market.

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