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Investing in 2019 was fairly easy. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P) returned nearly 28% for the year with only a few bumps along the way. Today, however, we're faced with a very different market. More and more uncertainties are seemingly hitting the headlines every day, from the global spread of COVID-19 and its potentially wide-spread economic impact, to a historically low Treasury note, and plummeting oil demand, resulting in a 13% drop in the S&P year-to-date, substantially wiping out gains from the past 12 months.

With the financial markets’ ups and downs over a short period, it’s easy to spot patterns and just as easy to create patterns, if you so choose. However, long-term returns have historically been very favorable to investors who stick to their investment strategies during times of volatility and avoid the temptation of attempting to time the market.

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You may be fearful today, with equities crashing and the 10-year note at historic lows. COVID-19 may be new, but market shocks are not. They don't have to be something of which to be fearful.

 

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