The financial media is all atwitter about market volatility.
Here’s a recent headline:
Cramer’s game plan: Between the Fed, China and Apple, get ready for more volatilityJim Cramer
Cramer makes it seem like market volatility is unusual, and you need to brace yourself in order to prepare for it.
For the period 1979-2017, the average intra-year decline was 14%.
But, this will surprise you:
Despite those sharp downturns, calendar year returns were positive in 33 out of 39 years.
Market volatility is not only normal, but it’s good for investors
Without it, on what basis would investors in stocks be able to enjoy higher expected returns
Ignore the fear mongers who are trying to make you anxious about market volatility
Stick to a disciplined investment plan.
You’re a long-term investor