There’s a saying among seasoned pilots that flying can best be described as long stretches of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror.
Many investors, reeling from the recent pullback in the US sharemarket that commenced on 5 February after the stellar returns of 2017, would no doubt share these sentiments.
For newer investors who’ve never experienced a share market pullback of this size and speed, the recent movements must have been nerve-wrecking. Media headlines screaming “market rout”, “bloodbath” and “worst point decline in history” certainly didn’t help matters either, stoking fear in the investing public for the sake of clicks, views and readership.
If you’ve just had your first experience of a sharemarket dip, welcome to the club. Grab a seat and catch your breath. It may be your first market correction but it will almost certainly not to be your last. All-time sharemarket highs followed by the occasional reversal are a feature, not a bug, of long-term investing.