Volatility in the stock market has people worried about their 401(k)s, but it’s important to
remember not to panic. Watch Ted Schmelzle, Second Vice President, Customer Operations at
Securian Financial, joined NBC 13 San Francisco with tips for navigating market turbulence.
Podcast - Don't let your nerves impact your financial future (16:23)
The stock market ups and downs that we've seen for much of 2022 continued these
past few weeks. That makes some investors nervous.
It's important to keep calm
and remember that we've been here before. Stock market turmoil is not new and has
happened regularly since the market's beginnings.
Stay the course and you may reap the benefits
Your retirement plan is a long-term investment, and what we are experiencing is a
short-term fluctuation in prices. The past is a good indicator that markets move up
and down, and when the market is down, it has proven to be a good buying opportunity.
Think of these stocks that are trading lower as being on sale. You may have heard "buy
low and sell high." That strategy helps investors make money over the long term. If you
continue to invest regularly, you may benefit.1
In the big picture, investing is a long game with potential to win. In 80 percent of
all the years since World War II, the S&P 500 - the widely-used investment
benchmark -- has experienced a positive 12-month total return.2
Diversify your portfolio
Diversifying your portfolio is one way to help steer clear of the extreme highs and lows
of the market because your money is distributed among different investment types. There
are no guarantees, but diversification may provide better returns with less risk over time.
Consider an automatic investing solution and pre-mixed portfolio offered by your plan.
Always consider your time horizon
Again, remember that your retirement plan is a long-term investment. As retirement age nears,
most investors shift their money into more conservative investments. Younger investors have
more time to invest and overcome market losses. Think about how many years you have until
retirement before you make any changes to your account.
1 WMAR News, Shrinking economy raises 401(K) concerns, May 10, 2022
2 VOX.com, The stock market's panicking, but you don't have to, May 11, 2022
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