After fifteen peaceful months of nearly uninterrupted advances, the market has finally begun to correct itself. Between the election and February 5th, the market experienced only four days with a decrease of more than 1%-- the same amount of such days in the last week alone. This was undoubtedly shocking for investors, who may have grown accustomed to little volatility. However, their fear has converted the market into a pendulum, swinging wide in both directions. By February 9th, the drop had breached -10%, officially entering into correction territory.
So, how far will it drop? Will it ever stabilize? What will happen next? The future is uncertain, but volatility is a feature of the stock market. Although it seems out of the ordinary, the contrary is in fact true. The long drought is over and has taken with it the sunny days of steady market growth. Now that the rain has returned, it is important to remember not to panic. The sun will not be gone forever, but the rain has returned and is likely to shower periodically.
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