Perspective : The Charts of the Week: When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

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There’s no question it’s been a tough first six months of the year for investors. Seeing your life savings decrease can be nerve-wracking to say the least. You may wonder, “Should I move to cash to prevent further losses? Or should I hang tight?”

Well, as the famous saying and song goes, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”, meaning when a situation (or staying invested) gets difficult, the strong work harder (keeping emotions in check) to address the challenge.

Sometimes an inspirational quote can help us stay calm and focus on what we need to do. Or in the case of this blog, maybe a chart or three will do!

Before you become your own worst enemy and potentially make an investment decision that could cost you, consider these three charts.

Chart #1:  If you want consistent returns over the long term, you must accept the bad returns with the good.

Source: YCharts. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns.

Chart #2:  Even through periods of turmoil, the market has climbed the wall of worry.

Source: YCharts. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns.

Chart #3:  Historically, market pullbacks are often followed by attractive returns.

The takeaway

Are we at the bottom or is there more to come? While no one knows the answer to that question, we do know that it’s difficult and potentially risky to time the market. Diversification and time in the market can help you reach your long-term financial goals. So, be tough and get going by being disciplined, staying invested and sticking to your long-term financial plan.

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