I wrote last week about the market volatility we had seen and the importance of keeping a level head during times like these.
In that post, written in the midst of large market falls, I encouraged investors to keep calm and carry on. I also mentioned the potentially damaging effects of missing just the best 10 days of market growth within a 15 year period.
Although last week ended at a low ebb for the markets, things quickly started to recover on Monday and have continued to do so this week.
For those people who think that they can time the market, they would have needed to correctly predict on Tuesday the circa 7% falls that would transpire on Wednesday and Thursday. I have seen no evidence anywhere online of anyone making those kinds of predictions.
They would have also had to be brave enough to go back in late on Friday, just in time to catch the gains that have been made this week.
Especially when looking at the US market, I suspect history will confirm that some of the days this week will feature in the ‘top 10’ days list in years to come. If you are out of the market even for just these few days, you risk cutting your total return in half.
Unless you have a crystal ball, I would contend that no one would have made the decisions required to prosper in the markets over the past 10 days.
This leave us with the only reliable option – to remaining invested throughout. This means we capture all of those best 10 days. Yes, we have to accept some temporary volatility along the way. But that is all that it is – temporary volatility.
Please don’t let something as normal and expected as a bit of market volatility throw your financial plans off course.