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October market gains surpass September losses; Walmart's Black Friday plan: Here’s how the headlines could affect your money

Walmart’s Black Friday is now three days, while full economic recovery could take over a year.

Shoppers consider televisions at a Walmart in Los Angeles on Black Friday.
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Tuesday ended a four-day market rally but October looks good, the Fed vice chair says the economy could take a year to return to pre-pandemic levels, and Walmart's Black Friday will be spread out over three events. Here's how the headlines could affect your money:

October gains exceed September losses

Tuesday's market losses broke a four-day winning streak as investors eyed developments on the coronavirus stimulus package. Nonetheless, October market gains so far have more than made up for September's losses. 

It's a good reminder that buying and holding is often the best strategy to avoid worrying about the market's daily movements. Neal Solomon, CFP, likens the market to a man climbing a staircase with a yo-yo. "If your eyes are stuck on the yo-yo, you see it go up and down," he says. "But the big trend is that the man is climbing the stairs. He is going up even when the yo-yo goes up and down."

Economic recovery may take another year

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said Wednesday that he expects the third-quarter GDP report to show sharp improvement, but that it will likely be another year or more before the GDP and the employment rate recover to pre-pandemic levels.

"So far so good in terms of the recovery, but a ways to go not only in the U.S. but globally," he said.

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Walmart divides Black Friday into three events

Walmart said Wednesday that it is divvying up its Black Friday sale into three separate November events that kick off online, in a Covid safety-related effort to dilute holiday shopping crowds. Each sale will focus on different types of products, so plan ahead. 

Words you've heard: Buy and hold

Buy and hold is a relatively hands-off investment strategy of buying a stock or other investment type with a "set it and forget it" long-term mindset

Although the daily news can have an impact on your wallet, remember to take a long-term outlook when it comes to decisions on spending, saving, and investing.

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