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Market Update

by Debora Covell, CRPC®, on May 12, 2022

With the recent market volatility, we thought an interim communication may be helpful.

Market Volatility -- the market
seems to be up one day and down
the next.

2022 has been a year of adjustment with market volatility a predominant theme. The VIX, the most common measure of market volatility, has traded above twenty for 87 of the 90 trading days. A reading above twenty is indicative of a high period of market volatility.

Pullbacks -- market pullbacks can be









While no one looks forward to market swings, it is not surprising that 2022 is experiencing volatility and a reset after the S&P 500® Index posted three consecutive years of double-digit returns from 2019 to 2021, a streak not experienced since 1999. In addition, with the Fed shifting its monetary policy by raising interest rates and reducing its $9 trillion balance sheet, the markets are reacting. A historical perspective on the frequency and severity of past drops can provide a valuable perspective, although past performance is not a guarantee for future returns.

Market pullbacks are more common than some may think. Below is a chart of market pullbacks in the S&P 500® post- World War II:Source: Standard & Poor’s. Indexes are unmanaged, and one cannot invest directly in an index.

Timing the market can be difficult.










When markets become volatile, it may be tempting to sell out of stocks to avoid downturns, but it is challenging to time it right. Investors may try to guess when stocks will bottom out. Jumping in and out of the markets, buying stocks at market bottoms, and selling only when prices are high is difficult, if not impossible.

Source: Standard & Poor’s. Indexes are unmanaged, and one cannot invest directly in an index. They do not reflect any fees, expenses or sales charges. This chart is for illustrative purposed only and does not reflect any Connors funds.

Missing even a few of the best days in the market can significantly undermine portfolio performance. It can be difficult to catch up, if you sell and are still on the sidelines during a recovery. A prudent strategy is to focus on the long-term, your investment goals, and your risk tolerance.
Uncertainty is a constant, and downturns happen which can be unsettling. Our strategy and portfolio holdings are predicated on the belief in the cyclical returns of the market and economy. We continue to focus on taking the opportunity of the volatility, building client portfolios with companies that are wellmanaged with solid balance sheets and a unique market positioning. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us for additional conversation, and we appreciate your confidence as we strive to serve your needs.


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