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Stay Invested to Capture the Best Days

At the beginning of 2020 with the coronavirus pandemic essentially shutting down the economy, the stock market experienced extreme volatility. During the week of March 9, 2020, the S&P 500 Index had two of its worst days since 2008 but was quickly followed by one its best days since 2008.1

What should long-term investors do in times like these?

The key is to stay invested and not try to time the market. Take a look at the chart below. Over the past 20 years, $10,000 invested in the S&P 500 Index has grown to over $42,000. However, if you missed the 10 best days of market performance over the time frame, your investment would be half that amount. And if you missed the 20 best days, your investment was even more impacted.

Looking ahead, no one has a crystal ball to know what the best or worst days will be in the market. That’s why it’s wise to remember that it’s time in the market—not timing the market—that remains important for investors.

If you’re not sure where to begin, help is available at Jemma Financial. Contact us today to start investing so you don’t miss the best days ahead.

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