The Dow Jones Industrial Average on election night plunged more than 800 points in after-hours futures trading, and other major market indices, including the S&P 500 Index and NASDAQ, also dropped, triggering an automatic trading halt and sending some retail investors into a state of panic and fear.
In the days that followed, markets rebounded, with the Dow reaching a record high less than a week later, on November 14. Nonetheless, these extreme and unpredictable ups and downs have many investors remaining on guard — closely monitoring the markets and their portfolios and wondering what it all means, what it will lead to and what to do next.
Watching your portfolio expand and contract in times like this can be incredibly jarring. These are your hard-earned nest eggs, your home and college and travel funds, and nobody wants to see them shrink. Ultimately, while we can't escape the ups and downs that come with being a long-term investor, there are smart ways to manage through volatility and to help ensure you're making the best decisions when it comes to your investments.