coping with the times

taking the long view & coping with market changes

The economy and markets move in a cycle. Prices will fall and rise - something almost certain, yet impossible to time. Thus, it's important to remember that taking the long-view provides there is an understanding that markets (and most global economies), will eventually cycle back around.

Economic expansions never last forever. Eventually they’ll be followed by a recession. It’s inevitable. And it’s a natural part of the economic cycle.

Have a strategy that aligns with your goals and stick to it - so you can be ready when the upside comes.

Does it Pay to Keep a Long-View?

While sometimes it may feel like the sky is falling and the best thing is to take cover, more often than not, having patience can be a better way go. 

Whether a bear market or a recession, remember that both are temporary. And while they feel intense at the moment, it can be beneficial to take a long view of your goals rather than make sudden moves that have the potential to impact your long-term outlook.

Positives vs negative S&P Returns from 1937-2021

Source; Remember: Recoveries have rewarded patience. Vanguard. Vanguard calculations, based on data from FactSet, as of March 15, 2021
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The Vanguard example above is hypothetical and used for illustrative purposes only.

Markets move based on so many variables, it's impossible for one person to control any type of outcome -
so why try?

5 Steps to Staying Focused

If you feel anxiety, these five steps can help empower you to stay focused on your goals.

01. Pause and avoid making drastic changes

People tend to make bad investing decisions when they get stressed. Don’t try to time the market or take big risks. Make your plan with your advisor and then stick to it. Also work with your advisor to keep a lookout for opportunity amid down times like a recession.

02. Expect emotional ups and downs.

When down times come, it’s normal to get worried about your money, your work, and your family. But don’t let that worry take over and cause panic. People who let fear guide their financial choices often end up getting the most hurt during downturns.


Ignore the entertainers.

You know what gets ratings? Headlines that scare people. And there is no shortage of those during volatile markets. Don’t listen to pundits who act like they know what’s going on, but really don’t. They aren’t necessarily all experts, and scary headlines will just make you stress. So, tune them out. If you need true insight, look to your advisor who can access information from their research partners.


Stay flexible.

The dreaded "R" word can leave many people in limbo as to what to do next. The truth is, no one can tell exactly what a recession will bring until it happens. All you can do is stay flexible and be prepared. It's important to know where your income streams are, where you can cut expenses, and what your contingency plans are amidst a recession. If you have an income plan that is prepared for times like these, you can potentially avoid the financial hit of liquidating assets.

05. Talk to your Advisor

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1- A History of Bear Markets. September 23, 2022 [10/4/22]

2- Recessions: 10 Facts You Must Know. August 7, 2022 [9/20/22]