Despite a hopeful start, 2022 turned out to be a tumultuous year for financial markets. Last January, the Federal Reserve’s benchmark rate was near zero, mortgages were just over 3% and the 10-year Treasury was yielding a mere 1.5%. Stock markets had returned from their 2020 lows, and although the pandemic hadn’t ended, investors felt confident in the year ahead. But then came a new set of risks:
Although the U.S. stock market hit bear market territory in 2022 — a decline of 20% or more from the peak — and the U.S. economy shows signs that we are in a recession, the chart below helps demonstrate why staying invested through tough times is still likely the better path forward for investors . Markets are inherently forward-looking, meaning stocks tend to turn positive long before we officially move out of a recession — a great opportunity for long-term investors. And with the pace of interest rate hikes and inflation expected to moderate, long-term investors have plenty of reasons to be optimistic as we begin a new year.
Data from 1973 – 2021. The market is represented by the CRSP U.S. Total Market Index. Source: Avantis Investors. The average number of months over the period from Peak to ½-Trough and ½-Trough to Trough is 5.4, while the number of months over the period from Trough to ½-Peak and ½ Peak to Peak is 35.9. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
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