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It's easy to understand how Bear Markets got their foreboding name. After all, when the market is down 20% or more, it can definitely feel like two big bear paws swinging down with full force on your once-healthy investments. The biggest key is not to panic, but to re-evaluate your financial plan, talk with your financial adviser, and stay the course.

Having hope in the face of panic is never easy. However, there's good reasoning when asking yourself or your clients to keep courage. While no two markets are the same and past performance is never an indication of future results, historical evidence, as well as academic research, seems to suggest that staying in the market could present you with a valuable return on your investment and may meaningfully impact your net worth.

To learn more about these trends and how to manage expectations in a bear market, check out Dunham's video Remaining Hopeful in a Bear Market.

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