This turbulence is not unique to the U.S. markets. The ever-churning news cycle continues to influence the European markets, too, as investors eagerly watch the news coming out of Europe concerning Brexit and speculating how it will ultimately affect the European economy.
Determining the bottom of an equity market pullback isn’t easy, especially when news cycles move so quickly and headlines hold so much influence over short-term market behavior. It’s can be extremely unsettling. A volatile market makes us feel like we’re not really in control which causes deep emotional reactions that aren’t always easy to resolve. It’s difficult to think rationally in these situations but the truth is that these downturns actually present the perfect opportunity to take a good look at your ultimate strategy and consider rebalancing long-term investments.
We wanted to reassure you of a few things to help you ride out the current downturn so that you can sleep a little better at night. Here are three things to keep in mind.
- A volatile market is normal. It may not seem like it but up and down cycles are a common and expected part of investing. Everything is cyclical and while it’s impossible to predict how long the downturns last, it’s possible to say that there’s an uptick on the other side.
- Don’t let your emotions get the best of you. The more you allow your emotions to influence your investment strategy, the more likely you are to make a rash decision. The decisions you make today have long-term consequences. Strategically, we know that holding back now puts you in a better position when the markets do rebound. We’re here to help you stay calm and focused on your long-term goals.
- Look at this as a chance to reevaluate. There could be opportunities presenting themselves that are more conducive to your long-term financial health. Let us help you evaluate the current market and come up with a new investment strategy to help you meet your goals.
Any decisions you make when the market is uneven should be well thought-out and planned. While the short-term forecast might not be exactly what you’d hoped for, a long-term plan that can get you through market ups and downs is the best way to avoid making any irrational decisions that can affect your financial health for years to come.
We’re always here, ready and willing to help you stay on track to meet your ultimate goals. Whether you need to talk strategy or want someone to offer a different perspective, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you ever have any questions or concerns. We appreciate your trust and always have time to help.
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