How to Stay the Course in Rocky Markets

The best returns come from time in the market, not timing the market.

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When the market gets jumpy, so do investors. In periods of volatility, anxious stock market investors can be tempted to take money off the table, fearing a potentially major slide in their portfolio. Take this past May, for example. Stocks began to waver early in the month, when a presidential tweet regarding tariffs re-inflamed investor concerns over a possible trade war between the U.S. and China. Investors responded by taking their proverbial ball and going home. May marked the largest monthly exit from exchange-traded stock funds ever recorded, with investors walking out the door with $19.9 billion.

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Ryan Ermey
Former Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Ryan joined Kiplinger in the fall of 2013. He wrote and fact-checked stories that appeared in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and on He previously interned for the CBS Evening News investigative team and worked as a copy editor and features columnist at the GW Hatchet. He holds a BA in English and creative writing from George Washington University.