How Often Do Stocks Fall?

The S&P 500 fell nearly 6% today, leaving the index 11% below its all-time high.
You can see in the chart below that losses in the stock market range from mildly uncomfortable to absolutely excruciating with a mix of emotions in between.

Right now stocks are in what the newspaper calls “correction territory,” which means that they’re more than 10% below the highs. Historically, the market has…

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