In this month’s client’s corner, Nick Murray discusses the 50 year anniversary of the post-WWII bull market ending.

January 11th marked the 50 year anniversary of the exact date on which the great post-WWII bull market in U.S. stocks came to an end. Today, after half a century of serial crises, we can look back and clearly see that financial markets are resilient. They have crashed, recovered, and reached new highs time and time again.

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.

“The real key to making money in stocks,” as Peter Lynch so memorably said, “is not to get scared out of them.” This is the great investment truth to be drawn from the nightmare of 1973-74 (and from the two subsequent episodes in which the Index halved, in 2000-02 and 2007-09). It remained true as the bear market year of 2022 came to a close.

Talk to your financial advisor to ensure your investment strategy is structured to ride through volatile and uncertain investment periods. Especially during times of volatility, it’s best to consult a professional before making changes in terms of asset allocation, investment diversity, or risk tolerance.

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