Bulls vs. bears – no bull
Author: Sound Choices
May 14, 2019
While market volatility causes uncertainty, its occurrence is actually a certainty. This series of articles provides insight to help put volatility into perspective.
Investors tend to worry about bear markets – but is that fear warranted? All markets go up and down to varying degrees, but the historical trend of equity markets has been up as economic expansion and technological developments work together to drive stock valuations higher.
|Bull market||Bear market|
|A prolonged period in which market prices move upwards over an extended period of time.
||A prolonged period in which market prices move downwards over an extended period of time.|
Throughout history, bull markets are, on average, longer and more intense than bear markets. Not only do they last longer, their percentage swings are more significant. In the end, the results speak for themselves. Since 1956, a $250 investment into the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index would have grown to $49,204 by the end of December 2018.
A financial advisor can help you understand current market events and help you understand how they may impact your investments and your plan. If you’re concerned about market volatility, contact your financial advisor.
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