It has certainly been a difficult start to the New Year. The major U.S. stock market indices are already down double-digits across the board, and the pressure in the market remains decisively to the downside. It has been many years now since investors have had to endure the degree of downside that we are witnessing today thanks to extended efforts to support asset prices and dampen financial market volatility, but such downside shifts in stock prices were not only normal but also expected to periodically take place over time. Given that it has been nearly a decade now since the market has been allowed to behave the way that it is today, a great many investors have likely entered stocks for the first time in the years since and may not know what to make of the current situation or how to react to it. Are you experienced?
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