What to Do When the Market Gets Bumpy: Here's Everything You Need to Know
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"Since the end of World War II there have been 12 bear markets, which is when stocks lose at least 20% of their value. Yet even with those rough periods, over the past 90 years the average annual gain for stocks is 11.4%."

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Because of uncertainty around the future of a trade deal with China, the major stock market indexes have been a bit bumpy in recent weeks.

But experts say the latest fluctuations aren’t a big deal, especially if you’re taking a long-haul view. Currently, the economy is in good shape, with low unemployment, rising wages, and strong economic growth, points out Kate Warne, an investment strategist at Edward Jones. Because of that we’re likely far from what would be a big worry: a recession.

“A recession has to be broad-based,” and meet several characteristics, says Warne. The indicators aren’t pointing that way.

It helps to keep your investing focus on the long term. Since the end of World War II there have been 12 bear markets, which is when stocks lose at least 20% of their value. Yet even with those rough periods, over the past 90 years the average annual gain for stocks is 11.4%.

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