It’s official: This January was one of the toughest in the last decade.

The S&P 500 dropped 6.9% last month… its worst performance since losing 8.4% in January 2009. And the tech-heavy Nasdaq posted its worst January since 2008.

Yet as we’ve seen time and time again, that doesn’t mean we’re in for a long-term bear market.

You see, the 2009 tumble continued through March 9 of that year… falling as much as 24.6% year-to-date.

But the very next day marked the start of an 11-year bull market… A run that likely would have continued if not for the COVID-19 pandemic.

We saw a market rally that broke records in the year-plus that followed. And the S&P 500 is still up more than 32% compared to its pre-COVID highs.

So, despite January inflation fears and rollercoaster volatility, our mission at PBRG remains the same: Identify strategies that protect your portfolio and position you to profit no matter where the market goes.

Because a bad month is not a bear market… and selling into a pullback is one of the easiest ways to miss out on future gains.


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Chaka Ferguson
Editorial Director, Palm Beach Daily