Why a stock market downturn can be a good time to invest

Why the worst times can be good times to invest

It always pays to stick with your long-term investment plan


While the recent correction in global stock prices has been unsettling for many investors, those considering abandoning their long-term investment plan should think twice before acting impulsively. The graph to the right shows the subsequent five-year returns of the American stock market index following some of the worst recession periods within the last century. Those who panicked during the last economic downturn missed out on average U.S. bull market returns of 178%.

stock market Source: Fidelity Management & Research Company