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Pullbacks, Corrections, and Bear Markets

Jason Underwood, Financial Advisor

By: Jason Underwood, Financial Advisor
CNC Financial Group, LLC

When the market drops, some investors lose perspective that downtrends and uptrends are part of the investing cycle. When stock prices break lower, it’s a good time to review common terms that are used to describe the market’s downward momentum.

Pullbacks

A pullback represents the mildest form of a selloff in the markets. You might hear an investor or trader refer to a dip of 5-10% after a peak as a “pullback.”

Corrections

The next degree in severity is a “correction.” If a market or markets retreat 10% to 20% after a peak, you’re in correction territory. At this point, you’re likely on guard for the next tier.

Bear Market

In a bear market, the decline is 20% or more since the last peak.

All of This is Normal.

Pullbacks, corrections, and bear markets are a part of the investing cycle.

When stock prices are trending lower, some investors can second-guess their risk tolerance. But periods of market volatility can be the worst times to consider portfolio decisions.

Pullbacks and corrections are relatively common and represent something that any investor may see from time to time in their financial life, often several times over the course of a decade. Bear markets are much rarer. In fact, between April 1947 and September 2021, there have only been 14 bear markets.

A retirement strategy formed with a financial professional has market volatility factored in. If you have questions about your investment portfolio, we can help. Contact our team of experts at (509) 663-1661 or visit www.cnccpa.com to learn more.

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