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How Often Do Stocks Fall?

By Michael Batnick, CFA
The Irrelevant Investor, LLC.

Right now, stocks are in what the newspaper calls “correction territory,” which means that they’re more than 10% below the highs. Historically, the market has been in this position roughly one in every five days.

Investing hurts. The market has only hit an all-time high on 7% of all days, which means that if you open your account on any given day, there is a decent chance that you’re under water.

Investing is a game of endurance, with the biggest gains accruing to those who can most withstand the pain.

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