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Ken Fisher Warns Investors to Brace for Increased Volatility

Fisher Investments’ founder, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer Ken Fisher anticipated a nice year for global stocks entering 2021, and, thus far, his forecast has played out.

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Ken Fisher:

So almost exclusively this year in 2021, the stock market has been just more blessed than people expected, which is pretty much what I've said would happen from the beginning of the year and is relatively normal, although even more. Nice this year than is typical of very nice first years of president's terms and particularly so for first years of Democratic president's terms in America. But that we've had such a nice, relatively smooth ride should not be mistaken for the fact that volatility comes at any point in time, from anywhere, for any reason or no reason at all. And there is every reason for you to be prepared for the market just a little bit, as if you were riding in an airplane across country to suddenly feel volatility that comes out of no place. There may be a story associated with it. It may be associated with lightning or thunderstorms in the plane ride. The pilot knows what to do. The plane moves ahead. But you get that feeling as you want to tighten your seatbelt and the person next to you and the plane gets a little cringey. The fact of the cringiness does not impact where the plane is going, nor does it impact where the market's going. But the fact is, you should always be prepared for that when you're on the plane. The pilot often says to you when you're in your seat. Otherwise, it's a good idea to keep your seat fastened. And that's because turbulence can come out of nowhere real fast. The same is true of capital markets. The same is true and you should think of it that way. In terms of being prepared for volatility. The fact is that volatility of any form little for a few days or big for a couple of months comes just sort of out of the blue with the almost intent of the market. Almost Intent? It's not intent, but it's almost intent of the market, or what I often refer to as the great humiliator. To throw you off, scare you away, and cause you to leave the bull market before it bounds further ahead.

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