INSIGHTS FROM TOM MORAN AIF®
Chairman, CEO and CIO, Moran Wealth Management®
A certain degree of unpredictability can be expected in financial markets. This is traditionally measured through volatility which tracks how much the overall market
fluctuates up and down. While not all aspects of volatility are negative, it can feel distressing in the moment. Understanding the cause of volatility and its role in long-term investing can help mitigate the emotional rollercoaster market swings can cause.
This past year, we have been experiencing a higher level of volatility. A variety of circumstances contributed to these market fluctuations: the Russia-Ukraine War, supply-chain disruptions, higher-than-expected inflation, and speculation regarding the Fed raising interest rates. Despite these external dynamics, we believe there remains robust reason to stay the proverbial course. It is beneficial to observe trends over time. While past performance does not guarantee future results, history can advise that quickly rebalancing your portfolio because of negative volatility may be unfavorable because reactionary and fear based investment strategies are often less likely to deliver long-term results.
Even following apparently dramatic declines, markets will generally correct and settle at or above prior baselines. This may, however, not be true of individual securities which may not reach their prior highs. Market timing is very difficult to execute correctly. It is particularly difficult because some of the strongest days in the S&P 500 occur near some of the weakest days. For example, the S&P 500 climbed 11.58% and 10.79% respectively on two trading days in the middle of the 2008 bear market. As an investor, we feel it is appropriate to think of performance returns over yearly and, in fact, decade horizons. Such awareness is key to strategic investing.
A knowledgeable investment advisor might explain that upward and downward swings in valuations are not only inevitable, but they may also be positive. Financial markets are not static. They are highly responsive to an assortment of factors. Most of which, if not all, fall outside the control of any one individual. However, opportunities can be identified within challenges. With a disciplined approach, changes in valuation can present useful indicators of when to sell or buy certain stock.
It is worth bearing in mind that volatility during recent years has, at times, been less than what longitudinal trends may predict. In assessing volatility, the standard deviation of monthly returns of the Standard & Poor (S&P) 500 is a commonly used metric. Whereas that figure has historically averaged at 15.6 percent, in 2017, it hit its second-lowest average since 1957 of 6.7 percent, creating some unease the following year when higher volatility resumed. We believe that the prudent perspective is to take diversified positions that suit your own needs and risk tolerance. Staying somewhat philosophical about unavoidable shifts and eventual gains can lessen the apprehension that may accompany any immediate, dramatic losses. Remember, the stock market, on any given day, is a snapshot. Your strategy is to create a coherent photo album; when you need those assets, all the pictures together will tell the story.
Individuals may often make emotional decisions during challenging markets that impact their investment habits. It can be hard to focus on the future while feeling the uneasiness of the present. However, as a firm, we aim to provide our clients with the clarity and knowledge needed to continue towards their long-term financial goals with peace of mind. Throughout our team’s 30-year history of advising clients, we have navigated countless market changes and upheld the best interest of our clients. Our extensive team welcomes your inquiry.
You can set up an appointment with one of our financial advisors today by calling 239-920-4440. We look forward to speaking with you.
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