Source: JPMorgan Guide to the Markets
For today's chart, I wanted to look at something unusual: the intra-year pullbacks of the past few decades.
As this chart (via JPMorgan Chase & Co.) shows, there is an average market drawdown of 14.7 percent. That period includes a few whopper years. Even if we were to back out the outliers -- remove the five biggest drawdowns (34 percent, 30 percent, 34 percent, 49 percent and 28 percent -- average drawdown of 35 percent within the year), we still see an 11.5 percent average intra-year drop.
Astonishingly, year-to-date the biggest drawdown we have experienced in the S&P 500 has been 7.52 percent during the initial taper concerns.
Regardless of which drawdown stat you prefer, JPMorgan's chart is a good reminder: Despite intra-year pullbacks, over the past 33 years, returns have been positive in 25 of the 33 periods in question.
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