Once again the Chinese stock market has sparked a global market selloff. China's equity market dropped sharply setting into motion a circuit breaker that halted trading. European markets in turn sold off and U.S. markets experienced the worst market start of the year since 2001. China's 10th consecutive monthly decline in manufacturing started the rout. But the U.S.'s second month of manufacturing declines and the Saudi Arabia/Iran tensions sealed the deal. Although this is not a welcome start to 2016, investors should keep in mind a few things:

  • The Fed is moving along the road to normalization by ending  QE and raising rates.This road will be bumpy.
  • Normal markets are volatile and market corrections typically happen two or three times a year. Investors should be prepared for this.
  • Markets are ultimately driven by fundamentals, namely corporate earnings. Investors should follow earnings as the best unbiased view of the market's direction.
  • While times like these put investor fortitude to the test, trying to time markets is pure folly (see our many discussions about the "Folly of Gaming Diversification"). Instead of losing patience and selling at what may be near the bottom of a downturn,investors are advised to stick with long-term investment plans created during less-fearfultimes.

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