The most commonly used benchmark in the world has doubled since its pandemic low. We had our fastest crash and recovery since the Great Depression. This was another reminder that investing during a bear market can be lucrative.

Rebound from March Low

What we can learn from the rebound..

Don’t time the market
Market timing requires you to make two good decisions; when to sell and when to buy back in. It is common for investors to jump in and out of the market when emotions are running high. This can be a recipe for disaster in most cases. 

When the market is falling it feels safer to sell. Although markets have recovered from every bear market in history, people could be selling for a variety of reasons. You may want to sell because the volatility, election, pandemic, interest rates, etc. If 2020 taught us anything, trying to time the market based on the latest headline or “market forecast” can be costly.   

Take appropriate risk
Risk means different things to investors depending on what stage of life they’re in. For younger individuals, being overly conservative with your money can be risky. However, that is the opposite when it comes to older individuals. Being overly aggressive is risky when there is less time to recover from bear markets. 

As an investor, you want to make sure you have a financial plan that takes the appropriate amount of risk based on your circumstances. If your risk profile or time horizon changes, then your portfolio should be adjusted. Otherwise, it’s best to stick to your financial plan and not stress the day-to-day market movements.  

Never bet against America 
Corporate America is filled with intelligent leaders who find ways to strengthen and grow their companies when faced with adversity. The people who make it to the top of the largest publicly traded companies are there for a reason. During the pandemic, these business leaders took the opportunity to remake their company by adapting and innovating. 

Short of owning your own business, stocks are the easiest way to invest in the business world. Historically, many long-term investors have made significant gains. It is not wise to bet against capitalism in American.

Our takeaway
This is not the first time we have seen a quick rebound following a bear market. Before the Covid-19 sell off, we witnessed the Global Financial Crisis (2007-2009). The current recovery has looked similar to the previous bear market (See here). Since then, the market is up +740%. 

It’s almost guaranteed that there will be more bear markets in the future. When that happens, there will be people who feed off your fear and uncertainty to gain your attention. You will have to avoid the noise and remember the odds are in your favor when investing for the long term. Every market downturn throughout history has been an incredible buying opportunity.

George Maroudas 
Twitter @ChicagoAdvisor 

S&P 500 Index: is a market capitalization-weighted index of the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. 
Bear Market: when a market experiences prolonger price decline. Typically describes when prices fall by 20% or more. 

Disclaimers and Sources:

Chart data from . Market represented by S&P 500 index total return (including dividends) as of 7/27/21.

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