With the coronavirus continuing to spread and make headlines we think it is important for everyone to take a minute and be honest about how this makes you feel. It is completely understandable to be worried, both for yourself and for your family and friends. During periods of heightened uncertainty, we believe it is best to take some time to discuss your concerns and expectations with folks that you trust. Everyone reacts to the stress of uncertainty differently but sometimes talking through the issue can help you and those around you process your emotions.
As for the markets, we encourage you not to read too much into the current downturn. Investing is a long-term endeavor that requires a good strategy and the patient execution of that strategy. As an example, please see the attached research from Dimensional Fund Advisors, which shows that while the average annual return of the S&P 500 over the past 92 years was ~10%, the year-to-year variation was huge and unpredictable.
Going forward, please remember to check in on your emotions and those of your loved ones. If you have a good plan in place, the market can always wait.