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Stocks and bonds are off to terrible starts, while consumer prices have roared. Extrapolate all of that bad news through to the end of the year and diversified investors could lose nearly half their stash after inflation. Big stock downturns are normal. Since 1950, the S&P 500 index has fallen... a lot.

Big stock downturns are normal. Since 1950, the S&P 500 index has fallen more than 20% from its high on 10 different occasions. Extrapolate all of that bad news through to the end of the year and diversified investors could lose nearly half their stash after inflation.

Since today’s 35-year-olds graduated from college, no bounceback has taken longer than six months. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 Index has had a positive return every year since 2008. Momentum chasers sitting on fallen meme stocks and cryptocurrencies should resist the temptation to double down.

There are plenty of good deals to be found among companies with sturdy cash flows, healthy growth, and even decent dividends. Stocks represent businesses, whereas bonds are financing and commodities are stuff. They tend to outperform other asset classes over long periods, not just because the Ibbotson chart on your financial advisor’s wall says so.
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