Stock markets rise and fall on any given day. This is important to know as a long term investor. However, over a long period of time, the stock market rises more than it falls. Click on the chart below to see the historical trends.
When the stock market is rising, it rises for a long time as we are seeing in today's 9 year bull market.
When the market falls, it is for a shorter period of time.
These fluctuations help investors know when to buy and sell securities.
Otherwise, there would never be any growth in the economy. When the markets fall, it always signals a buying opportunity for a long term investor. Happy investing!