Sent 3/12/2020

When we hear things like “the market has dropped,” or “the bottom has fallen out,” it’s hard not to worry. At Kades-Margolis, while we can’t predict the future, we can help you manage concerns by helping to explain what is happening now, and why.

First, please remember that retirement investing requires time, patience and a long term perspective. Here are a few thoughts regarding the economy and investing, relevant to where things are today.

There’s little doubt the coronavirus presents a challenge to the global economy. Already, we are seeing a coordinated response from healthcare organizations and federal agencies. On March 2, 2020, the Federal Reserve cut short-term interest rates by half a point, and the International Monetary Fund and G7 officials pledged to support economies impacted by the outbreak.

While significant market downturns can certainly be unsettling, it helps to view corrections and recessions from a wider perspective. This is the 7th correction the stock market has seen within the last ten years. You may remember late 2018, when the market benchmarks fell nearly 20% when the Federal Reserve continued to raise shorter-term interest rates as the U.S. economy strengthened.

In fact, if we widen our gaze further we can see that this is actually the 27th market correction since World War II. Past performance can’t predict future market results, but markets have historically managed through the process of price corrections.

Corrections remind us of a reality we don’t like to think about: stock prices can’t always go up. When prices drop, it can be tempting to give in to our emotions and react, but patience and caution may be warranted.

Your investment strategy has been created to reflect your time horizon, risk tolerance, and goals. As an investor, getting through a correction often means having the poise to accept short-term volatility.

We’ll be paying close attention to economic and market developments in the coming days and weeks. Please call or email us using the information on this website if you have any questions or concerns.