The market goes up... the market goes down. Today the stock market's volatility looks like the week of Aug. 1, 2011 to August 5, 2011 when there was a debt downgrade of the U.S. Government. So the talking heads will attempt to explain the human fear that occurred this week - China, Oil, Turmoil.
On paper this week makes those invested in the market 6% poorer. Yet looking over a 15-20 year view the market continues to increase for those who invest in the long term.
So this is another example of letting the short term impact of weekly events change a patient behavior of "keeping your hands off the dials". Yet money (even paper money and digits on a screen) perceptions are powerful forces in our mystic.
My advice - Go home this Friday, enjoy your family and forget about the market.
And my prediction for the market for 2016....... The market will go down and up.