Be Prepared for Market Downturns

Since the summer of 2020, after a brief pandemic-driven bear market, the stock market experienced a historic rebound. From date to date, the S&P 500 experienced a 1-year return of +45.83%. Those investors, who chose to stay in the market, had the opportunity to experience the benefits of this recovery.

But as history has repeatedly shown us, both bull and bear markets are inevitable. Since 1932, declines of 20% or more (the definition of a bear market) have happened an average of every 56 months1.

When you try to time the onset of bear markets, you must be right twice – both when you get out, and, when you get back in. This is almost impossible to do consistently and successfully, and inevitably means missing out on potential growth.

Instead, prepare for a bear market, the same way you would prepare for a bull market. Identify the right level of risk you can tolerate, and don’t try to outguess the market. Remember, markets have historically rewarded investors for staying invested. As the chart below shows, from 1970 – 2020, the U.S. dollar grew from $1 to $80 despite numerous historical events that briefly rocked markets.

Growth of a Dollar

In keeping with Symmetry’s investment philosophy, we believe that a globally diversified, factor-based portfolio, is the most effective way to maintain the long-term success of investors’ portfolios.

Click the video below to learn why (and how) you should prepare for ever-changing markets.



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1 S&P Dow Jones Indices


Investors cannot invest directly in an index. Indexes have no fees. Historical performance results for investment indexes do not reflect the deduction of transaction and/or custodial charges or the deduction of an investment management fee, the occurrence of which would have the effect of decreasing historical performance results. Actual performance for client accounts will differ from index performance.


S&P 500 Index represents the 500 leading U.S. companies, approximately 80% of the total U.S. market capitalization.

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