Anyone who has ever studied or even followed the stock market knows that market ebbs and flows. There will always be ups, and there will always be downs. That’s simply the nature of investing. If it were easy to predict then everyone would be successful and wildly wealthy.
Last year saw amazing gains in the stock market, as a whole. However, this year, things have been heading in the other direction. Just last month the market saw some big dips, including a one-day loss on the Dow Jones of more than a 1,000 points.
For many investors, this is the time to sell, while others do the complete opposite. This all begs the question, when is a good time to get into the stock market? Is it right after a drop, or even a crash?
There is not one right answer to this question, but getting into the market after a decline of 10 percent or more, is often a good move. The biggest drops, known as recessions, typically average about 25 percent. So-called market corrections occur with at least a 10 percent drop.
Not all corrections or recessions are the same. So this is the key point to consider. Corrections that take place when stocks aren’t in bear-market territory, and the economy is not contracting, lead to smaller market declines, as well as larger market rebounds. This is the scenario that is taking place currently in which the S&P 500 was down 10.2 percent from its peak in January.
There are no guarantees in the stock market, but getting in the game after a market correction often proves beneficial for those who do.