By Samantha Azzarello via Iris.xyz

“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”

A market without volatility would be unnatural, like an ocean without waves. The free market, like the open ocean, is constantly churning. For some investors, market-moving waves can be exciting, providing a buying opportunity for mispriced securities. For other investors, the waves might feel violent; but truthfully, for long-term investors, market volatility should be irrelevant.

The degree of market volatility varies from small ripples, to rolling waves, to a financial crisis-sized tsunami. While all volatility feels uncomfortable in the near term, the important question for long-term investors is how to respond to it. In this bulletin we outline four principles that will help investors navigate a choppy market.

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