Control What You Can Control

Headline from the Wall Street Journal, February 5, 2018:

And again from the Wall Street Journal on February 15, 2018:

As we mentioned in our previous blog post “The Return of Volatility” on February 5, we cannot predict where the market will go from here. What we do know is that markets go up and markets go down, and that capital markets have rewarded investors over the long term. The February headlines above remind us that it is important to control what we can control: risk, cost, time, and our behavior. As difficult as it may be to “tune out the noise”,  having an investment approach that is well planned and that you can stick with, especially during tough times, may better prepare you for the next headline.