Irma’s Devastating Winds Don’t Devastate The Market

Contributed by: Nicholas Boguth Nicholas Boguth


Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest and longest-lasting hurricanes ever recorded, recently passed leaving a long path of destruction behind it. People from the Caribbean to Florida prepared for the beast of a storm prior to labor day weekend, but there is only so much that could be done before its 180+ mph winds tore through the Virgin Islands on Wednesday the 6th, Cuba on Friday, and finally Florida and Georgia by Sunday. Entire islands were left in shambles across the Caribbean, Florida and Georgia sustained major damage, and millions of people are left without power and water.

How did the market respond?

We are constantly reminded that the markets do not like uncertainty, and this rings true when you look at short periods of volatility, but look at all of the uncertainty that we’ve seen in the past 15 years. Since ’02, we’ve had 3 presidents from republican, to democrat, back to republican, Congress party control flipped multiple times, we’ve seen 2 major wars, devastating natural disasters, massive oil spills, major business and even city bankruptcies, and a “Great Recession”. What did the S&P 500 do over the past 15 years? It is up about ~9% annualized, which is right on par with the average return of the S&P over the past 100 years.

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Nicholas Boguth is an Investment Research Associate at Center for Financial Planning, Inc.® and an Investment Representative with Raymond James Financial Services.

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