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The stock market goes down within a year on average about -14% – every year. But still fear spikes with every little decline that seems nasty.

The chart above clearly shows that a intra year decline of -7% or more occurred in almost every one of the past 40 years but of course the market moved dramatically higher over that same time. Don’t panic out the stock market.

Expect -14% declines during the year. Setup to take advantage of those declines and stay the course to take advantage of these temporary interruptions of the permanent uptrend.