Key Takeways

It’s easier than you’d think to miss big stock market moves. A knee-jerk to avoid the carnage during times of tumult can cause investors to find safety on the sidelines. Often, the best days and the worst days are clustered together, making for a tricky needle-threading act.

We were reminded of this phenomenon during the pandemic-induced panic in March 2020. The worst day occurred on March 16, when the S&P 500 fell 12.0%. Investors also experienced a 9.5% drop on March 12 and 7.6% drop on March 9. Those that stayed the course also experienced some of largest one-day gains. The S&P 500 gained 9.4% on March 24, 9.3% on the 13th and 7.0% on April 6.

No doubt, the large gyrations during the shutdown phase of the pandemic made it a rough ride, but those who stuck with stocks made up their losses quickly, reaching the high-water mark by August. The S&P 500 index has bounced and then some, gaining more than 30% from the pre-pandemic high set on February 19, 2020.

Stock Market Return of the S&P 500

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