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Worried about the Market? We’ve Planned for the Ups and Downs.

Worried about the Market? We’ve Planned for the Ups and Downs.

January 03, 2024

Global unrest, inflation, energy costs -- it’s understandable that you might be wondering what’s coming next and how it will impact your financial goals. Market swings are a normal part of investing and one of the main reasons we worked together to build a financial plan.

While no one can anticipate exactly what will happen in the future, our plan takes market volatility and risk management into account as we move toward your goals. But if worry still creeps in, consider:

  • Declines are a normal part of the market cycle. In fact, there have been 14 bear markets since 1947, and each time, the market has recovered.1
  • Your long-term goals are just that – long-term. And they probably haven’t changed just because of recent market events. A well-balanced portfolio is designed to weather the storm while keeping you on track.
  • We closely monitor your portfolio continuously and make adjustments to help manage risk and seek opportunities.

I also think it’s important to remember the importance of continuing our investing strategies during turbulent times. Timing the market -- “sitting on the sidelines until things calm down” or making decisions based on short-term price changes – is all but impossible, and the risk of missing out on even a few days of strong markets can have a considerable impact on your portfolio’s performance.   

Above all, don’t hesitate to contact us during these uncertain times. The market has been through worse times, but a quick check-in can help you feel more at ease when emotions threaten to outweigh your long-term plans. Whether you’ve got specific questions or ideas or want to review the assumptions we made when we built your financial plan, we’re here for you.


1 A Brief History of Bear Markets (investopedia.com)