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Volatility in Pictures: Focus on the Rebounds

Knowing when and how markets have recovered during past downturns can help investors today

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Volatilty in Pictures
Volatility is Normal
Annual Market Performance Often Outstrips Short-term-Declines
The Best Days Make a Big Difference

WATCHING MARKETS SEESAW between positive and negative territory—especially when it happens a number of times over the course of a single trading session—is enough to unnerve even calm investors. But impulsive reactions to tumultuous markets are typically not a good idea, says Chris Hyzy, Chief Investment Officer for Bank of America Global Wealth & Investment Management. A better course, Hyzy believes, is to “stay the course and don’t over-react to daily volatility.”

“Stay the course and don’t over-react to daily volatility.” —Chris Hyzy, Chief Investment Officer, Bank of America Global Wealth & Investment Management

The charts above may help provide you with some context. For instance, see how missing the 10 strongest days in any decade could have a significant effect on your returns, according to BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research.

For more insights from the Chief Investment Office on ways you can respond to volatility, read “What You Should Do When the Markets Get Volatile?” and “Investor Ed: Two Ways to Rebalance Your Portfolio”.

3 Questions to Ask Your Advisor

  1. When the market is experiencing big swings, how can I stay focused on my long-term goals?
  2. Given the market’s recent ups and downs, could my portfolio benefit from rebalancing?
  3. When stock prices drop, are there some buying opportunities I might consider?

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