SBV Curated Content | A Weekly Update of Enlightening & Intriguing Information | January 26, 2022

Businesses, Stock Markets & the Economy

Reframing Volatility (Michael Batnick)

“When markets get volatile, we often hear people say, “ignore the noise.” But telling people to ignore the noise is telling people not to be people. It’s not practical advice. It’s important to contextualize short-term losses, but we can do better than this.

Morgan Housel spoke about this idea, helping to reframe how we think about bear markets and recessions. If you view volatility as a fee for admission to long-term returns instead of a fine for doing something wrong, you have a better chance of riding it out when the going gets tough.

It seems premature to roll out a “don’t panic” spiel, given that the S&P 500 is a whopping 8.3% off its all-time high*, but I hope this post can help people see the big picture if it gets worse before it gets better.”

“Stocks appear less volatile the less you look at them.”

If you can help it, stay away from checking your portfolio when you’re losing money. Stocks won’t stop going down just because you’re looking at them, and the more you see your money evaporate, the more likely you are to do something to make it stop. But an investor’s job is not to avoid the pain but to endure it”.

“The S&P 500 has compounded at 10.5% per year since 1926. To have gotten anything close to that, you had to be willing to pay the volatility tax. No pain, no gain.”

“It’s no fun when stocks are going down. But if you understand, not just intellectually, but in every fiber of your portfolio, that this is part of the deal, then you’ll be well-positioned for when they start to go back up. I don’t know if that’s tomorrow or next year, but I know that in the meantime you have two choices: try and avoid it or accept the fee. Choose wisely.”

How Often Should You Expect a Stock Market Correction? (Ben Carlson)

The only reason you get high returns over the long run is because you occasionally experience losses in the short run. This is a feature, not a bug.

The average drawdown from peak-to-trough in a given year in the U.S. stock market going back to 1928 is -16.3%. And you can see two-thirds of the time there has been a double-digit correction at some point during the year:

“Over this 72-year period, based on my calculations, there have been 36 double-digit corrections, 10 bear markets and 6 crashes.

This means, on average, the S&P 500 has experienced:

  • a correction once every 2 years (10%+)
  • a bear market once every 7 years (20%+)1
  • a crash once every 6 years (30%+)

1A bear market is technically defined as a loss of 20% or more. It’s kind of crazy how there have been 5 separate instances where the S&P fell 19% and change but never actually closed down 20%. Horseshoes and hand grenades I suppose.a crash once every 12 years (30%+)”

Your Finances & other Wealth Management links

When a Diagnosis Demands a Long-Term Money Strategy “Financial planning for people with chronic diseases is complicated and multifaceted. Start by building a team of people to help.” (The New York Times)

The Environment & ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) Investing

5G hates trees. (axios.com)

U.S. aims to double cover crop planting to address climate change (Reuters)

Your Physical & Mental Well-being

The Best Starting Words to Win at Wordle “Want a leg up at the word game that everyone’s talking about? These tips can help you dive in more easily.” (Wired)

How to Find a Quality Mask (and Avoid Counterfeits) “Knowing which mask to pick and making sure it’s not a fake requires the sleuthing skills of a forensic investigator. Our guide can help.” (The New York Times)

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