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Bear Markets and What Investors Can Do Now

Six biggest bull markets in US stocks/shares since 1962 and their subsequent bear markets.

 

The chart below shows the six biggest bull markets in US stocks/shares since 1962 and their subsequent bear markets.

In this example a bull market is defined as a rise of 50% or more over a period lasting more than six months. A bear market is defined as a fall of 20% or more that lasted at least three months.

The six biggest bull runs since 1962 (and their corrections):

Summary of Market Corrections since 1929

 

1929: The Worst Stock Market Crash in History

·      Dow loss: 89% 

·      Time to recover: 25 years 

1973: The Oil Crisis and Economic Recession

·      Market loss: 48% 

·      Time to recover: 21 months 

1987: Asset Price Bubble and Stock Market Panic Selling

·      Market loss: 33%

·      Time to recover: 24 months

2000: The Dotcom Bubble

·      Nasdaq loss: 77% 

·      Time to recover: 15 years 

2008: The GFC and Subprime Mortgage Crisis

·      S&P 500 loss: 57%

·      Time to recover: 17 months 

2020: The COVID-19 Crash 

·      Market loss: 34% 

·      Time to recover: 33 days 

 

Let’s put the current market correction into perspective

If you have been invested in the Australian or US stock markets for more than 10 years, your

personal or super portfolio is still well ahead in terms of performance over the long-term.

 

Stock market performance since 1997:

 

Source: https://tradingeconomics.com/australia/stock-market

  • Blue = ASX200 (Australian shares)
  • Orange = S&P500 (U.S. shares)
  • Green = NASDAQ (U.S. Technology shares)

 

Current falls since the last peak (as 30/09/2022):

Source: https://tradingeconomics.com/australia/stock-market

  • ASX200 (blue line): -15.1% (peaked at 7,620 points on 5/01/2022)
  • S&P500 (orange line): -25.2% (peaked at 4,796 points on 3/01/2022)
  • NASDAQ: (green line) -34.1% (peaked at 16,057 points on 19/11/2022)

We have been through market falls in the past and each time the market recovers to new highs. The only question is how long this current one will take.

The current fall in stock markets may also provide an opportunity to add to existing portfolios or sectors of the market at a discount to the previous two years. However, you need to be prepared for the potential of further falls before the recovery begins.

 

What Investors Can Do Now

Crashes and downturns are part of investing—and the only way to lose money during a market dip is if you sell your investments. If history is any indication, your investments will make up their losses in time.

Still, in moments of volatility and uncertainty, there are things you can do to shore up your finances.

 

Pay off high interest debt

Any debt higher than 8% is known as toxic debt. That’s because the stock market traditionally returns an annual rate of 8 to 9%, so any debt higher than that is debt that loses you money. Credit cards and high-interest personal loans often fall into this category. To manage toxic debt, make a budget and a payoff plan. This will help you take control of your money and build your credit. It will also put you in a good position to start an emergency fund, if you haven’t already.

 

Have an emergency fund

Experts agree that everyone should have an emergency fund, or a liquid cash safety net, in case something happens like losing your job or another financial burden. Usually 3 to 6 months of expenses is preferred, although some experts argue that upwards of 9 months to a year of expenses is best. The best place to keep an emergency fund is in a high-yield savings account.

 

Don’t spend excessive amounts of money

Times of economic uncertainty may not be the moment to buy that new TV or car. In case of a recession, it’s best to keep your money where you can see it: in a fully funded emergency fund and if you can, invested. 

 

Make sure your investments are diversified

Once you make sure your ducks are in a row—aka your high interest debt is paid off and your emergency fund is fully funded—investing is a great next step. Many investors find opportunities like this to invest, as stocks are “on sale.” 

Investing is for everyone, regardless of age. And the sooner you start investing, the better. 

Diversifying your investments and spreading out your money among hundreds of different companies is what experts agree you should do to build a robust investment portfolio. However, investing in individual stocks/companies takes specific skills and a lot of time to research. For the average person, choosing a reputable fund manager is an easier and less risky way of investing. Index funds are a great option too. These funds track a market index or a particular sector of the market.

 

Invest Regularly

It is impossible to time the markets – we never know when the market reaches the top or the bottom of its cycle until well after the event has occurred. There is no magical bell that rings to tell us – we only really know in hindsight. So the best approach is to keep investing regularly.

Keep “dollar-cost averaging”, or putting the same amount of money into your investment or super accounts every month, to keep a steady stream of money going into your accounts in order to grow your wealth. Even if the markets keep falling for a while, you will be adding to your portfolio at ever cheaper prices which will over time appreciate in value.

The best way to cope when the market starts to go down is to stick to your plan, remember why you’re investing, and follow your regular investment schedule.

 

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Accounting Videos

 

Chris Wybenga

B.Bus, CA

Chris is the Managing Director of the Firm who established the practice in August 1994 and has been responsible for its growth and development since that time.

Chris has over 40-years experience in the Chartered Accountancy profession, predominantly spent in small to medium sized firms, advising both small business and individuals in areas such as taxation and accounting as well as business restructuring and superannuation advice.

Chris is active in the development of young accountants both in mentoring cadets at the Firm and lecturing in taxation for the CA Program for the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • 1980 – Commenced employment and part time university studies
  • 1985 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1986 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 1988 – Registered as a Registered Company Auditor
  • 1994 – Established Wybenga & Partners (formerly known as Farrar & Wybenga)

Dianne Bechara

B.Bus, CA

Dianne is responsible for the day-to-day operations and administration of the practice.

Dianne has over 30-years Chartered Accountancy experience and has significant expertise in providing advice and solutions to high-net-worth individuals and their associated entities. Dianne also has considerable knowledge in the areas of taxation, business services, superannuation, and compliance.

Dianne is active in promoting gender equality in the industry through various programs and mentoring opportunities. Dianne is also committed to the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing her expertise.

  • 1992 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1993 – Commenced employment in acounting profession
  • 1996 – Commenced career with Wybenga & Partners
  • 1997 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2002 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Roger Potter

B.Bus, CA

Roger is responsible for the HR aspect of the Firm, cultivating the culture, and maintaining the highly social environment we pride ourselves on.

Roger has over 35-years in the Chartered Accountancy profession and significant expertise in providing advice and solutions to small businesses and high-net-worth individuals. He also has extensive experience in the areas of Self-Managed Superannuation Funds and retirement strategies.

Roger is active in the development of young accountants both in mentoring cadets at the firm and lecturing in taxation for the CA Program for the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • 1985 – Commenced employment and part time university studies
  • 1990 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1992 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 1998 – Commenced career with Wybenga & Partners
  • 2002 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Tess Uncle

B.Sc, M.Com, CA

Tess has over 22-years experience in Chartered Firms and in this time has had a broad range of experience in superannuation, taxation, and business services. In particular, Tess has had significant experience in MYOB and assisting clients in day-to-day bookkeeping activities and periodic reporting.

Tess is responsible for the Firm’s training and development needs.

Tess is active in promoting gender equality in the industry through various programs and mentoring opportunities. Tess is also committed to the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing her expertise.

  • 2001 – Commenced employment with Wybenga & Partners and part-time accountancy studies
  • 2004 – Graduated Masters of Commerce from the University of New South Wales
  • 2005 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2007 – Promoted to Manager at Wybenga & Partners
  • 2012 – Appointed as Associate Director
  • 2016 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

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Adam Roberts

B.Bus, B.Sc, CA

Adam has over 18-years experience in Chartered Firms and in this time has had a broad range of experience in superannuation, taxation, and business services. In particular, Adam has had significant experience in MYOB and assisting clients with periodic management reporting.

Adam is responsible for the implementation of technology in the Firm and sourcing new areas of innovation and efficiency.

Adam is active in the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing his expertise.

  • 2005 – Commenced employment with Wybenga & Partners and part-time Accountancy Studies
  • 2005 – Graduated Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Sydney
  • 2007 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from the University of Western Sydney
  • 2010 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2010 – Promoted to Manager at Wybenga & Partners
  • 2012 – Appointed as Associate Director
  • 2016 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

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Accounting Cadetships

Build your career with expert guidance from our accounting cadetships program, based in Sydney NSW.

Wybenga & Partners offer accounting cadetships at our location in the CBD of Sydney NSW. You’ll receive expert guidance as you work in the industry.

  • Industry experts guiding you
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    Each year we offer several school leavers or undergraduates the opportunity of beginning their career with us via an Accounting Cadetship. If you are interested in pursuing a career in accounting please read the information below. Our accounting cadetships could be perfect for you!

    What is an Accounting Cadetship?

    An Accounting Cadetship enables you to commence your career whilst attaining the necessary university qualifications by studying part-time.

    How Does It Work?

    Generally, our cadets complete a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) or Bachelor of Business (BBus) degree at the University of New South Wales, the University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, or the University of Western Sydney.

    The firm provides 3 hours paid study leave per week to attend University. This can either be taken at the one time or broken between days depending on the individual’s requirements. In addition, the Firm provides paid study leave for both mid-semester and end-of-year exams.

    We take the work life balance very seriously at Wybenga & Partners and our cadets are encouraged to have a fulfilling life outside the office. A typical day will have you arriving at the office at around 8.30am with most days concluding at 5.30pm.

    What Are the Benefits of Accounting Cadetships with Wybenga and Partners?

    Our cadets benefit from the following:

    • Career path – on completion of their degree our cadets have significant practical experience which will assist them in advancing their careers.
    • Work helps your studies – by working full-time our cadets are able to apply their practical knowledge in the university subjects.
    • Camaraderie with other cadets – the Firm has a number of cadets at various stages of their career.
    • Mentoring – cadets are paired with a senior staff member who oversees their progress and training both at work and with their studies.
    • Communication and feedback – the Firm has an open door policy which enables all cadets to interact with all members of staff including Directors.
    • Culture – the Firm promotes a friendly social culture with a number of functions throughout the year.
    • Modern environment – including ‘socialising’ areas such as pool table and break out area.
    • Training – ongoing support and technical training. We also provide internal and external training on a monthly basis.
    • Remuneration – working full-time provides a market salary and independence with salaries being reviewed every 6-months.
    • Professional registered tax agents – Wybenga & Partners are registered tax agents with the Tax Practitioners Board. We use our years of experience and professionalism to provide the best advice and education to you, helping you build your career effectively.

    What Happens When I Complete My Degree?

    The completion of your degree is the first step of what we hope to be a long and successful career with us. The next step is the commencement of your CA Program with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand whilst at the same time continuing your employment with us.

    A number of cadets have progressed to Seniors, Managers, and Directors within the firm.

    Who Should Apply?

    Current Year 12 students or first/second year University Students who:

    • want to commence their career in accountancy;
    • are due to commence or are currently completing a part-time business or commerce degree at university with an accounting major;
    • want to gain valuable hands-on experience while completing their qualifications;
    • are looking for a friendly working environment;
    • are team players who display initiative;
    • have a commitment to self-development;
    • possess excellent personal presentation and communication skills; and
    • are motivated and mature minded.

    How Do I Apply for an Accounting Cadetship?

    To apply for a Cadetship position at Wybenga & Partners send us your details. Please also include in your covering letter why you wish to do a cadetship, include relevant qualities you possess, main interests / achievements, and any previous employment.

    Interested candidates should initially forward a resume/covering letter of no more than 3-pages. Please provide full details of contact information (telephone or e-mail).

    What If I Have More Questions?

    For further information about our Cadetship program, please send your enquiry to .

    Skilled Accountants

    Wybenga & Partners offers a stimulating work environment giving you the opportunity to develop your future success.

    Wybenga & Partners recognises and promotes that there is more to life than work. We know that your needs change and we provide support to balance your work, academic and lifestyle pursuits.

    We welcome enquires from trained accountants regarding a career with Wybenga & Partners. Please email us your details to .