Stock market performance after bear markets

April 2023

As this chart of the S&P 500® Index illustrates, after the selling pressure of a bear market finally hits a bottom, stocks have a strong historical record of bouncing back in the subsequent months and years. Longer-term investors should keep in mind that a diversified mix of stocks, bonds, alternatives and cash can earn their keep in stressful market environments, potentially performing better than the S&P 500 Index and other major indices.

The bottom line: Balance risk with opportunity and construct your portfolio within an appropriate investment time horizon to help achieve your goals.