Sometimes I am rushing to get somewhere, or I find myself stuck in traffic. I get anxiety thinking about being late and missing out. When this happens, I try to remind myself - it's not about the journey, it's about the destination. The short-term discomfort on the ride should not upset the ultimate goal of where I want to go. When it comes to the stock market, we often feel these same short-term emotions, and need to remind ourselves to maintain a long-term view. The third quarter of this year was one of these times. Over the third quarter we saw volatility, as measured by the VIX, increase, while the S&P, and other broad market indices, were generally down. An inverse correlation between volatility and markets may be expected, but after a period of rapid recovery and expansion (since the end of March '20), these shifts can be unsettling! Don't get distracted by volatility!! It is precisely at times like these, we encourage investors to reevaluate goals and recommit to their investment strategy. While no one can know exactly what the road ahead will look like, remaining focused on where we want to go helps us stay on track. Planning ahead and rebalancing portfolios puts us, the investor, in a position to capitalize on future market fluctuations and gives us the reassurance to stay the course. We do not wan to compound a small temporary loss into a large permanent one. Changing lanes in the middle of traffic can look enticing, but a faster route to our destination is usually elusive. Avoid the temptation to introduce unexpected risks and wander into unfamiliar areas. Stay the course. Try to enjoy the ride. But in the end, remember, when it comes to your financial independence, it’s all about the destination!
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