What is market volatility?
Market volatility refers to fluctuations in the price of investments. In times of economic stress, markets tend to be more volatile, and you might see some big ups and downs.
Selling investments during times of market volatility is likely to do more harm than good because you could be locking in losses—and derailing your financial plans.
Making decisions in the heat of the moment rarely goes well. Instead, figure out your approach to market volatility—and stick to it.
Our advice on what to do
The stock market goes up on average, over time. We believe that disciplined strategic investing is the best way to build wealth in the long run. An investor who focuses on timing the market has the greatest potential for losses. However, if you’re still worried, there are still some actions you can take.
Learn more Expert insights on volatile times.
What should investors do during volatile times?
Dan Egan, Director of Behavioral Finance and Investing, speaks in about what individual investors can do during a turn in volatility.
How can a recovery work after a downturn?
When downturn occurs, it's natural to consider what's next?
What happens with Tax Loss Harvesting+ when losses occur?
When turned on in your Betterment account, Tax Loss Harvesting+ can kick in when share prices fall.
Experiencing short-term losses is a part of long-term gains
Far from unusual, downturns are an integral part of even the highest returning investments.
How to transfer assets in volatile markets
Have a high-fee or high-risk brokerage account that you’ve been avoiding transferring due to potential tax consequences? These insights can help.
Advice for a market downturn: have a calm heart and clear mind
Some financial pundits say a market correction is due. Here’s how to prepare yourself.