Keep calm and invest wisely

Canada Life - Apr 25, 2023
From the lingering economic effects of the pandemic, to the ongoing war in Ukraine among other events, we’ve seen many ups and downs in the market. You might worry how this volatility will impact your financial plans.
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Understanding market volatility and market cycles in geopolitical situations can help you make rational decisions about your investments.

Market volatility

Uncertainty of what the future will hold can be nerve-racking. But as history shows, market pressure will be temporary. During these times, it’s important to stay invested to help take advantage of market recoveries. History teaches us that stock market rebounds can happen quite quickly too.

Historical events 

To illustrate how quickly the markets could recover, let’s travel back in time. Historically, major events haven’t had long-lasting impacts on the global economy or financial markets. For instance, the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and North Korea’s ballistic missile test in 2017 both rattled global markets. Fortunately, in both cases the markets regained those losses within a few months. 

Understanding the market’s natural cycle

Markets will always fluctuate. Luckily, long-term trends show us stock prices continue to rise despite dips in the market. As well, when markets fall, it could be a good time to invest. After a fall, factors like increased spending and fewer layoffs can help markets rise. Or you can choose to hold steady and wait to make decisions until after the situation settles. .

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