Facts about Stock Market Corrections

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Facts you need to know about stock market corrections.

Scary as they are, drawdowns are a normal part of the investing process. Every investor's best friend has a financial plan in place and sticks to it through investing tricks. Here is what you should know.

There are multiple types of declines

Whether the specialists use the words 'falling share prices' or 'red fire' may not matter when your brokerage account is flashing red. However, there are many sorts of market downturns, determined by how much the market has fallen from its previous peak.

A pullback is the mildest selling. Although there is no formal definition, many investors and traders use the term "pullback" to denote a market loss of between 5% and 10% from a peak.

Pullbacks and corrections are common

According to Yardeni Research, the S&P 500 saw nine pullbacks between 2008 and 2021, ranging from -5.2 percent to -9.9 percent.

The market reached the correction zone five times over that period. The most significant correction was in the fourth quarter of 2018 when increasing interest rates and trade war fears prompted the S&P 500 to fall 19.8%, narrowly missing a bear market.

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Stock market corrections can happen fast

If you have ever tried to lose weight, you know how much easier it is to gain weight than to lose it. The stock market functions similarly, but in reverse: on the way up, stock prices take their time, but if the market enters a correction (or even a bear market), keep an eye on the chart closely.

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Corrections are often driven by fear and speculation
Few stock market falls in the last decade have been entirely organic. Corrections are rare because some sign has gone off the rails, like interest-rate spreads or market values.

A correction is considerably more likely to occur when investors try to foresee future events and hedge their bets against what could happen, than focusing on what is now happening.

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A sell-off can be "Healthy."

After all, no one can live on a sugar high indefinitely. According to Phelps, the same may be said for a market that has been overstimulated by loose monetary policy and overconfidence. A re-evaluation of what investors are ready to pay for future corporate earnings might position equities for the next leg of their upward trajectory.

Corrections are an opportunity to buy stocks at a discount

Long-term investors should see market fluctuations – particularly bear markets – as opportunities to acquire strong stocks at even better prices. Investors who stuck to their guns on Apple's fundamentals – and had the foresight to acquire shares at the lowest point of pessimism – have seen their money grow by 193 percent so far.

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To sum up, a stock market correction undoubtedly aids the stock markets in regaining their breath and reaching even higher heights. One should not be concerned as long as the trend is positive, as purchasing will restart in no time, resulting in a much bigger bull movement. 


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