Past returns are not indicative of future returns.
Given the recent volatility, both upward and downward, we must always be mentally prepared for a Bear Market attack, i.e. a stock market decline of 20%- 50%, or more.
Since 1900, a period of almost 120 years, there have been 32 stock market Bear Market attacks, Historically, Bear Markets occur about once every 3.5 years, and the last Bear Market in the USA was almost 10 years ago.
A Bear Market, when it comes, and it ALWAYS comes, should surprise NO ONE!
The key to investing success is to make sure any money invested in the stock market can be left untouched for a minimum of 10 years, and preferably much longer. Not selling into a stock market downturn will ensure time for a portfolio to recover and provide potentially attractive long-term average equity returns.
When is the best time to get mentally prepared for the pending Bear Market?
Check out “How does an investor survive a Stock Market Bear Attack?”