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The Economy Is Fine: 7 Reasons Investors Shouldn't Panic

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The stock market has just gone through a bout of volatility stronger than anything we’ve seen since 2015. The Dow Jones Industrial Average officially landed into correction territory – a decline of 10% or more – over a period of just a couple weeks that saw the index suffer a pair of one-day drops of 1,000 points or more.

Investors worried about the recent chaos can take a little bit of heart in knowing that corrections are perfectly normal events. In fact, the stock market corrects about once a year on average, according to Deutsche Bank analysis. And while volatility, as measured by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), did spike to multiyear highs, that came after a period of record stability that may have lulled investors into a false sense of security.

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Nonetheless, the question still remains: Are there more losses to come?

Investors might look to the underlying U.S. economy, finally gaining steam after years of so-so performance, for clues. They’ll find little evidence to sell. Consider these seven fundamentals:

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