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Panicked about a stock-market crash? What you need to remember fits on one note card

(Source: marketwatch.com)

The recent turbulence in the U.S. stock market no doubt has a lot of investors searching for a strategy to navigate the volatility and protect their capital. The good news: The best tactic most investors can take is easier than they may expect.

In fact, according to one adviser, the important things to keep in mind are so simple they can fit on a single note card. Such a card was recently tweeted by Ritholtz Wealth Management, which credited it to Anthony Isola, a financial adviser at the firm who tweets under the handle @ATeachMoment.


via @ATeachMoment pic.twitter.com/BEYP3aNwnP

— Ritholtz Wealth (@RitholtzWealth) February 8, 2018

Several of the bullet points underline how recent heavy volatility — in contrast to the historically quiet markets seen over 2017 — is the norm for equities. “Daily dips of 2% or more occur about 5x a year,” the note reads, and while this many 2% moves have already been seen in 2018, with not even one quarter over, even that isn’t unprecedented. Isola added that markets average one 14% drop a year, and that there’s a drawdown of at least 30% every five years.

Read: The S&P 500 has already tripled the number of 1% moves seen in all of 2017

See also: There’s been a historic amount of earthshaking stock-market volatility this year

Over the long term, however, such declines are erased by the general uptrend of equity markets. “Over long periods, markets significantly beat inflation,” the card reads, noting that historically, markets tend to rise in almost 75% of years.

The trick, then, is to avoid making portfolio decisions based on short-term swings and movements. Data have repeatedly shown that those who trade excessively tend to show much worse performance than the buy-and-hold investors who mostly sit tight and reap the benefit of compound interest.

“Never make important decisions based on emotions,” the card reads. “Turn off the T.V. and don’t check your account.”

That’s particularly good advice these days, considering the Dow Jones Industrial Average

DJIA, -2.13%

the S&P 500

SPX, -2.06%

and the Nasdaq Composite Index

COMP, -1.25%

 have all been seeing heavy volatility of late, pressured by concerns over a potential trade war and changing monetary policy by the Federal Reserve.

Read more: Why stocks could fall nearly 40% over the coming 18 months

Don’t miss: Why the Fed is ‘Public Enemy No.1’ for the stock market

More Info: marketwatch.com

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