Has 2019's Rebound Made Up for 2018's Slump?

Those investors who did not panic and sell at the end of last year have been well rewarded so far in 2019, as many markets have rallied significantly

Holly Black 18 April, 2019 | 9:50AM

Best and Worst Performing SectorsOne of the first rules of investing is that you should never panic and sell during volatility. Riding out the ups and downs and waiting for the recovery, it is said, gives you the opportunity to make back any losses and enjoy the gains as your investments bounce back.

Many investors found themselves tested on this very subject in the final quarter of 2018 when volatility saw stock markets plunge. Global markets suffered their greatest quarterly falls in more than seven years as the MSCI World Index plunged 13.9%, the S&P 500 13.9% and the FTSE All Share 10.3%.

But those who did not panic and sell have been well rewarded so far in 2019, as many markets have rallied significantly. The question is, have the gains been enough to make up for the volatility at the end of 2018?

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Holly Black  is Senior Editor, Morningstar.co.uk

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