Responding to a financial crisis

Humans have a powerfully instinctive drive to over-anticipate and overreact when there is a financial crisis. When it comes to investing for retirement, reigning in that desire to react can often be a major challenge.

In this month’s client’s corner, Nick Murray dissects the human tendency to overreact and the risk it presents to investors that have a long-term time horizon.

One of the greatest advantages you can have as an investor is a long-term perspective. Effective financial planning absolutely needs to take into account your short and medium-term goals, but the magic really happens when you take a step back and think big.

Financial markets are resilient. They have crashed, recovered, and reached new highs time and time again. Market fluctuations are a normal part of investing and the key is to remember that over time, the uptrends tend to outweigh the downtrends. Historically, the best response a long-term, goal-focused, plan-driven investor can make to a crisis is no response at all—or, more accurately, to just tune out the doom and gloom of financial news and continue acting on your plan.

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