Why A Recession Shouldn’t Be Scary, Ep #221

Why A Recession Shouldn’t Be Scary

Many people greatly fear the thought of a recession. They cannot handle the idea that their investment portfolio will decline in value. They cannot handle the volatility. Fear leads people to make poor decisions. But I do not believe you should be afraid of a recession. Why? I share why you have reason to remain hopeful in this episode of Best in Wealth!

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Outline of This Episode

  • [1:08] One positive thing you can do today
  • [4:04] Are we in a recession yet?
  • [7:00] Why I do not fear a recession
  • [10:15] How to face recessions head-on

Are we in a recession yet?

In his recent article, “Are We In a Recession Yet?” Benjamin Curry discusses whether or not we are heading for a recession. He goes on to define a recession as, “Two consecutive quarters of negative gross domestic product (GDP).” This happened in the first half of 2022. Yet the organization that defines US Business Cycles (National Bureau of Economic Research) does not believe we were in a recession. They do not believe that we are now.

When we think about a recession we immediately worry that the value of our portfolios will decline. We think about the Great Recession of 2008. In 2008, the S&P 500 was down almost 38%. It dropped 53% from its peak before the recession ended. That is why everyone is scared when talk of a recession abounds. But I do not fear a recession. Why?

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Why I do not fear a recession

When there is a recession, we get to buy everything on sale. If you could pinpoint the dollars that have multiplied that you invested in 2008–09, it is unbelievable. When the market is doing well, we cannot buy as many shares. I plan on investing for a long, long time.

Why else do I not fear a recession? Because I expect one to happen an average of every six years. If you are an investor, you have to embrace a long-term mindset. We expect recessions—it is part of the deal.

If you are retired, you still need a long-term outlook. We still follow the same philosophies. You have to expect a recession. Your portfolio will go down. But with the right advisor, the right withdrawal sourcing in place, and the right diversification, you do not have to be afraid.

Even when we are not in a recession, we can expect the S&P 500 to have “down” years every four years.

How to face recessions head-on

I believe that if we look at what happened in the past, we will be less fearful about the future. We have reliable stock market data dating back to 1926. It sits at the University of Chicago at The Center for Research In Security Prices. Since 1926, we’ve had 16 recessions.

Let’s say—in 1926—your parents put $100 in a diversified investment account. There was a mild recession immediately after. We have fluctuated through numerous recessions and depressions since then. In between every recession, the stock market rallied and bounced back quickly. Your $100 multiplied. Any guess what it is now? Almost 100 years later, that $100 is now worth around $900,000.

What does the past tell us? Despite 16 recessions, we have always rallied. I do not fear recessions. I fear for those who do not expect and plan for recessions. So what do family stewards need to do? Listen to hear my thoughts.

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About the author, Scott Wellens

Scott Wellens, CFP® is an investment advisor and founder of Fortress Planning Group. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Scott quickly ascended to become a Vice President of North American Sales at a major regional provider of telecommunications infrastructure. While financially successful in this role, Scott searched for ways to pursue his passion related to financial literacy and providing financial freedom for both his own family and others. During his search, Scott became curious about the significant gap he found in the financial services sector: he was unable to find a comprehensive financial planner that maintained a family stewardship lens without being attached to financial products. Scott decided to fill that gap by creating his own planning firm that maintains a strong passion for comprehensive, unbiased wealth planning that is genuinely client-centered.

Scott resides in Menomonee Falls, WI with his family. He is the father of three active and independent daughters who keep him on his toes. Scott is an active community member, serving on the Hamilton Education Foundation Board, serves as a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace facilitator and leads the All Pro Dad’s group at their local elementary school. Scott enjoys spending his free time visiting state parks with his family, reading, and watching the Milwaukee Bucks and the Green Bay Packers win ball games.

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