VOLATILITY: WHAT'S NORMAL?
- Uncertainty surrounding the eventual economic impact of the coronavirus has driven market volatility higher.
- It's useful to realize that volatility has been higher in the past and can still increase from here.
- It's also helpful to understand that it is normal for market declines to occur at some point almost every year.
February of 2020 ended with a decline in the S&P 500 Index that quickly became a rout, pushing the index into correction territory. Economic uncertainties over the eventual impact of the coronavirus drove market volatility higher and punished the equity index with a vengeance.
While analysts debated whether this would be merely a short pause in the market’s upward trajectory or the beginning of an extended downturn, investors worried about losses in their portfolios as the index retreated from its previous all-time high.
However, the first trading day of March saw the S&P 500 Index have its second-largest percentage gain in over ten years, a reminder that upticks in volatility can swing
the market in either direction.
Declines are a Normal Occurrence Although investors hope to see their portfolios generate gains, market declines are inevitable and occur, at some point, almost every year. While some declines are more significant than others, even in years with notable declines that cause uneasiness for investors, the market can still generate positive returns.
In summary, while the coronavirus issue in addition to falling oil prices is the current focus of concern...when it passes, another issue will eventually arise. Something always poses a potential threat to the stock market. For this reason we believe that a Diversified Portfolio is one of the best ways to reduce risk and increase the odds that investors will remain focused and stick to their investment strategies in good times and bad.
This material represents an assessment of the market environment at a specific point in time and is not intended to be a forecast of future events, or a guarantee of future results. This information should not be relied upon by the reader as research or investment advice and is intended for educational purposes only.
There are risks involved with investing, including loss of principal. Diversification may not protect against market risk.
Information provided by SEI Investments Management Corporation (SIMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of SEI Investments Company (SEI).
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