Strategies during unpredictable times: How to make your money matter in the long term

(BPT) - When stocks seem to be in constant fluctuation, even experienced investors may worry whether their investment strategy will stand the test of time. Whether you are new to investing or an experienced pro, market volatility can cause anxiety. You may wonder if you’ve chosen your investments wisely, when you should sell or buy — and how to stay ahead of a market that seems impossible to predict.

“Risks are up, and the uncertainties are up. That’s uncomfortable for people,” said Nick Juhle, chief investment officer at Greenleaf Trust, a wealth management firm managing nearly $16 billion in investable assets from six Michigan locations. Juhle recommended seeing the big picture to regain confidence: “If you look back over the past 100 years, the stock market has generated strong returns over that period of time. But those returns weren’t linear. They weren’t in the absence of all sorts of risks, events and things happening in the world.”

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