Stock market drawdowns are normal. They’re never fun, but they are a routine occurrence. As of market close on October 11, 2018, the S&P 500 Index was only 6.9% off its recent high from September 20.
Most of us have said or thought something like: “If only I had invested in __________, I would have so much money today.” Whether it’s the stock of Amazon, Google, Netflix, or Apple, the growth of these stocks over a long period of time is incredible. But when we examine the historical price movement of these stocks, we see that early investors have endured a bumpy ride.
Meir Statman is a Professor of Finance at Santa Clara University. He has gained increasing acclaim in the financial world for his work in the field of Behavioral Finance. What is behavioral finance? It studies the intersection of our behaviors (which are driven by our thoughts and feelings) and our money.