After one of the worst trading days in 2022, it’s important to remember that pullbacks of 5 to 10 percent typically happen about every year. But how should investors prepare for the potential of additional market volatility amidst the unprecedented macroeconomic concerns?
The world of 50 years ago was a lot different than it is today. An individual often worked at the same job all his or her adult life, lived in the same house, and stayed married to the same spouse. In those days, too, one spouse could support a family, paying for college ordinarily didn’t require taking out a second mortgage, and people could look forward to retiring on Social Security and possibly a company pension.
The first three months of 2022 have been a roller coaster for markets. With the war in Ukraine and the financial war on inflation, investors have had to monitor unpredictable headlines seemingly by the hour. But even in this event-driven market, there are still positives to look forward to in the year ahead.
Conventional wisdom says that what goes up must come down. But even if you view market volatility as a normal occurrence, it can be tough to handle when it’s your money at stake.
After several weeks of buildup and anticipation, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine last night. Rocket attacks on key infrastructure, cyberattacks on government websites, and troop advances follow on the heels of a massing of military forces on the Ukraine border as well as several previously Russian-held areas of Ukraine.
During his working years, Fritz Gilbert was a super saver: He socked away an average of 20 percent of his earnings and invested carefully. But when he retired from a 33-year career in the aluminum industry in 2018, he and his wife, Jackie, switched their mindset. Within the confines of their carefully constructed financial plan, they became unabashed spenders.
In late 2021, after months of growing anticipation about inflation pressures, the closely watched Consumer Price Index (CPI) measure surged to 6.8 percent on a year-over-year basis. The November reading represented a nearly 40-year high and triggered a tsunami of alarming headlines across financial media outlets.
After a turbulent 2021, everyone is ready to get back to their normal lives. But for investors, getting back to normal might require adjusting expectations, especially after three years of tremendous returns. The good news is that even when markets conditions return to normal, there is still plenty for investors to look forward to in the year ahead.