The urge to panic has not been this intense in a generation. If you are willing to stay invested we think there are five reasons why you may benefit:

1) Investors braced for the worst. Measured from one year before the start of each one of the past 13 recessions, the current recessionary bear markets hold the record for the worst overall decline in the S & P 500 at 50%. It is even worse than the Great Depression. That sounds bad. But while the current recession may be referred to by future historians as the Great Recession, market participants may have priced in even this dire scenerio. A record-breaking 70% of investors surveyed by the American Association of Individual Investors bearish on the stock market last week, showed pessimism may be nearing a peak and the stock market may be due for a bounce.

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