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Should Investors Sell After a “Correction”?

By Paul J. Carroll, CFP®February 16, 2016December 3rd, 2023Videos


Stock prices in markets around the world fluctuated dramatically for the week ending August 27. On Monday, August 24, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1,089 points—a larger loss than the “Flash Crash” in May 2010—before rallying to close down 588. Prices fell further on Tuesday before recovering sharply on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Although the S&P 500and Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.9% and 1.1%, respectively, for the week, many investors found the dramatic day-to-day fluctuations unsettling.