Market volatility can be unsettling for even the most knowledgeable investor and could lead to impulsive investment decisions that may not align with your long-term financial goals.

Here are some fundamental principles to help you get through periods of increased market fluctuations.

  • Remain Calm. It’s easy to let your emotions get the better of you during stressful times – investing is no different. Sitting on the sidelines or selling for the temporary relief of cash might cost you more in the long run.
  • Stay Diversified. Diversification is essential during periods of market stress. While by no means immune to the current downturn, a well-diversified, professionally-managed portfolio may experience less volatility in turbulent markets. 
  • Be Patient. There’s always uncertainty when investing in the markets, but market downturns don’t last forever. While it could take some time, markets should recover, rewarding patient investors.
  • Stick to the Plan. Downturns come and go. A financial plan can provide the discipline to ride out the short-term uncertainty. By recognizing short-term market uncertainty for what it is, you can help ensure that it doesn’t derail your long-term investment success.

Focus on the things you can control, such as maintaining a long-term view, staying diversified and working with a Scotiabank advisor to determine the best course of action to help you stay on track to meet your financial goals. 

If you don’t have a financial plan in place, contact a Scotiabank advisor today to develop a plan that makes sense for you.


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