Today as I write this blog, on March 1, 2017, the S&P 500 Index closed at 2,395.96. What a difference in those scary days of the first six weeks of 2016.The stock market opened down on the first day of last
At the end of the first week, financial journalism shrieked that it had been the worst first week in stock market history, which was both narrowly accurate and largely meaningless.
At the end of the month, the media celebrated “the worst first month in history” – something about the China economy and the price of crude oil going down. (I thought lower priced oil would save families money, but the market worried about lower earnings from energy market sector).
And then, on February 11, 2016, the market closed---let me give this the proper journalistic emphasis---THE WORST FIRST SIX WEEKS IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME!
For the record—and you’ll want to note
Then, for purposes of this discussion, came Brexit. All the elites of the world (including the incumbent U.S. president) shouted through their megaphone---mainstream journalism---that
Then (for the purposes of this story), came the U.S. presidential election. Mainstream media almost universally forecasted that the election of Donald Trump would usher in the end of all economic life on the planet as we have known it. But in the next breath, they told us not to worry, because---depending on which media organ was your news source of choice---the probability of Mrs. Clinton’s election victory was between 77% and 99.9% (we aren’t making this up).
The day after Mr. Trump’s election, the S&P 500 closed at 2,163, and as I write this blog, on March 1, 2017, the S&P 500 closed at 2, 395.96, a 30% gain from last year’s bottom. Raise your hand if you’re seeing a pattern here. Yes, I see it too. But since there are a number of potentially valid conclusions that might be drawn from the facts we have just reviewed, I want to make sure you and I focus on the same one.
Historical Market Fact
Going back through modern market history (from 1927), the broad market in the United States has experienced an average annual peak-to-trough pullback of 14%. As a long-term investor, market volatility is your friend.
The logical sequence of variables in all successful lifetime investing
You will not have failed to notice that significantly altering your portfolio in response to near-term economic or political phenomena—much less fleeing it
Because I can tell you that, after nearly 40 years of dealing with markets and investors: Every successful investor I have known was acting continuously on a plan. And every failed investor I’ve ever known was reacting continuously to current events.
If I may, I’d
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The economic forecasts set forth in this material may not develop as predicted and there can be no guarantee that strategies promoted will be successful.
Blog No. 112 – The Deathtrap of Current Events
Sources: Nick Murray Interactive, LPL Financial and S&P 500 Index.