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The Stock Market Is Down—What Should I Do?
Alex Michalka, Ph.D
May 26, 2022
Stock market volatility can be unnerving. No investor, whether they’re new to investing or have been making deposits for years, likes to see the value of their portfolio go down—even if it’s just temporary. When the market takes a turn, some people will inevitably sell investments in an attempt to minimize their losses, while others will stop making new deposits to their investment accounts. Unfortunately, both are mistakes that can cost you in the long run. Instead, you should do nothing. Don’t make any changes to your strategy: just keep investing on a regular schedule even when the market is down. Why? History shows that markets have behaved predictably in the long run, and investors who stay the course are likely to come out ahead.
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