Register for Access

By registering, you will receive the weekly newsletter with updates, practical tips and more.

Episode 31

Good Things Can Happen in Bad Markets

September 20, 2018

We’re now in the 10th year of a bull market, and it’s been one marked by historically low volatility. Sure, we’ve had a few corrections since 2008, including a 10% pullback off the highs early this year. And though investors have been conditioned over the past decade to think corrections are rare, the fact is that bear markets, not mere corrections, take place on average about every six years.

Moreover, those bear markets have an average decline of some 33%, and an average duration of 18 months. So, what the good part?

In this episode of the Science of Economic Freedom, “Good Things Can Happen in Bad Markets,” I speak with Don Calcagni, Chief Investment Officer of Mercer Advisors. In this show, Don helps us understand how corrections and bear markets work, and how investors should react during down market cycles. Plus, Don outlines the seven outcomes of a down market cycle that are actually positive for long-term investors.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • How investor overconfidence and fear of missing out fuel market bubbles
  • Why rising interest rates will put pressure on the equity market
  • What the flattening yield curve means, and why it’s important
  • The nature of the current bull marke
  • Recency bias and the loud voice of bear market marketeers
  • The five things you must do now to prepare for the next bear market
  • Plus, much more…

Wealth Coaching

Discover your opportunities to grow wealth. It takes an expert Wealth Coach who is also a financial professional to bring clarity to your goals and help you establish a clear pathway to making sound financial decisions.

Learn More
Sign Up
Provide a little information about you.
Most pressing financial problem/concern today:

What is your target economic freedom date?
You have successfully registered for Wealth Coaching. One of our economic experts will be in touch with you soon to introduce themself and help you begin your journey.

More Fuel for Thought

The more you learn, the more energy you have to take you where you want to go. Here are additional money management resources to help further fuel your journey to economic freedom.


For financial articles, this is the no muss no fuss source for educating yourself on investing, financial planning, estate and tax issues and how to protect the wealth you have built so far.

Explore Posts


Access is everything. Become a VIP member to tap into our latest research, financial planning tools, and special reports, and stay continually updated through our exclusive member newsletter.

Sign up today