Bear Markets are Painful but Markets Rise Over Time


A “Bear Market” is defined as a decline of 20% from recent highs.  By the time you read this, we may be in a bear market or we may have recovered from a mere correction that began in February.  For people seeking a better return on their savings than what the banks offer, the ups and downs of the stock market are a natural part of the investing process.  It comes with the territory in return for the long-term growth rate that defines owning a piece of American industry.

Bear markets can be painful, but overall markets are generally positive over time. The last 90 years of market history have been defined as bear markets for about 20 of those years. In other words, stocks have been on the rise 77% of the time.

From 1926 through 2019, the average annual stock market return was 10.2%.

For the five years ending 2019, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) returned 12.2% annually (accounting for dividends).  Over that same time, the yield on CDs – after factoring in taxes and inflation – lost purchasing power.

One of the reasons our phones don’t ring off the hook when markets decline is because most of our clients have seen it before.  This isn’t their “first rodeo,” as they say in country songs. For those who are new to investing and who may get nervous, here’s a bit of history:

  • There have been 26 market corrections since World War II.
  • Those declines have averaged -13.7% over 4 months.
  • It took the markets an average of 4 months to recover from those declines.

To smooth out that ride, professional investors create diversified portfolios of stocks and bonds, domestic and international, creating portfolios that allow them – and their clients – to sleep well at night.

Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) offer these money management services to individuals, families, and businesses who want help.  We are Certified Financial Planner™ professionals and have worked with hundreds of people just like you to grow and maintain their wealth.

We invite you to schedule a meeting to visit with us, have a cup of coffee and a chat.  We promise no sales pitches and honest answers to your questions.    

Arie J. Korving, CFP Co-founder, Korving & Company 3


Arie J. Korving, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, has been delivering customized wealth management solutions to his clients for more than three decades. Prior to co-founding Korving & Company, he was First Vice President with UBS Wealth Management and held management positions with General Electric.

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