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Everyone has a plan, boxer Mike Tyson once said, until he gets punched in the mouth. The stock market has delivered a couple of vicious blows to investors over the past year, leaving them dazed and wondering whether it’s time to throw in the towel on a bull market that is looking shaky and tired.

But, as even Tyson understood, it’s how you react after you get hit that matters. The best reaction may be none at all. In particular, you shouldn’t panic, which you’re less likely to do if you look at the market’s recent declines in context. After more than tripling since 2009, Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index last year endured its first correction (a drop of 10% to 20%) since 2011. The S&P first fell 11.9% from May 2015 through August, with nearly all of the damage occurring during the week of August 17. The index then recovered, only to plummet 10.3% in the first six weeks of 2016. All told, the S&P 500 lost 6.2% over the past 12 months. (All returns are through February 29 and include reinvested dividends.)

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Nellie S. Huang
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Nellie joined Kiplinger in August 2011 after a seven-year stint in Hong Kong. There, she worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia, where as lifestyle editor, she launched and edited Scene Asia, an online guide to food, wine, entertainment and the arts in Asia. Prior to that, she was an editor at Weekend Journal, the Friday lifestyle section of the Wall Street Journal Asia. Kiplinger isn't Nellie's first foray into personal finance: She has also worked at SmartMoney (rising from fact-checker to senior writer), and she was a senior editor at Money.