Do Downturns Lead to Down Years?

 Do Downturns Lead to Down Years? -Financial Symmetry, Inc.

Stock market slides over a few days or months may lead investors to anticipate a down year. But a broad US market index had positive returns in 15 of the past 20 calendar years, despite some notable dips in many of those years.

• Intra-year declines for the index ranged from 3% to 49%.
• Calendar year returns improved on those intrayear slides. The steepest declines saw notable recoveries, and in 15 of the 20 years, stocks ended up with gains for the year.
• Even amid the fnancial crisis in 2009, a 27% plunge gave way to a 28% gain by the end of the year.


Volatility is a normal part of investing. Tumbles may be scary, but they shouldn’t be surprising. A long-term focus can help investors keep perspective.


Source:, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP is an investment advisor registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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