The importance of calm and persistence in an unpredictable world.
In a world that is changing by the moment, we’re here to help you understand what’s going on and how it all impacts you so you can meet the challenges our ever-changing world brings to you and your financial future.
2016 was a year of change to be sure: the decision by the UK to leave the European Union, foreign market turbulence; the crisis in Syria; and here at home, the election of a new president. It’s difficult to predict what could happen next.
At times like these, it’s easy to let our emotions take hold, and how investors respond to profound geopolitical and market changes could have a dramatic impact in the pursuit of their financial objectives. So—as investors–what do you do? Take flight to a position of safety or continue to forge aggressively ahead?
A quick study of the long-term performance of the financial markets provides an important lesson. Time and time again, the market has proved its resilience. Take our most recent recession as an example. Since the market bottom back in 2009 following one of the worst financial crises in our history, the S&P 500 has displayed its ability to withstand the impacts of economic, financial and political turbulence here and around the world.
Through it all, the market hasn’t just sustained itself, it has soared to new heights. It’s done what it’s always done in the wake of uncertain times—it’s always come back.
As investors, we need to take heed and face the challenges our world brings with strength, determination and sound judgement.