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A History of Market Up and Downs

Here we present this week's Freedom Advisory - Investments Knowledge Drip Series

This chart illustrates the historical performance of the S&P 500 Index, highlighting periods when the market was rising and falling. Bear markets are defined as peak-to-trough downturns of 20% or greater from new index highs, while bull markets are rises from the trough through the next new index high.

We can see from the chart that good times for the market have been disproportionately longer than the bad times, and the duration of the bull run is not a useful indicator of future performance. While there is no consistent way to predict when realized performance will be positive or negative, investors staying the course have been rewarded over the long term.

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