April 06, 2020
At first glance, the recent market volatility seems to us unique, but a look at previous market drawdowns illustrates some of the same patterns.
Over five previous historical market drawdowns (as represented by the Dow Jones Industrial Average®), we see a similar trajectory over the 30-day period after local peak. To put this into perspective, the drawdown compared to 1929, considering the current market environment, has not reached that low.
Drawdown speed similiar to 1929 or 2008
Data sources: Macrobond, Macquarie. Data from May 26, 1896 to March 20, 2020.
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What this means for investors
Despite the unpredictability of the markets, there is some comfort in historical perspective, in our view. Previous trends in past drawdowns confirm that the market has experienced this before, and while it may be the first in more than a decade, we find it’s telling a similar story – eventually, after some time, the markets did eventually recover from the largest drawdowns in history.