When the stock market tumbles, your first instinct may be to sell off and flee to the safety of cash. That’s a bad idea, especially if you’re a long-term investor. Time and again, the market has recovered after each pullback, eventually rising to its former highs and well beyond. Panic sellers during the March 2020 crash might have missed out on the worst days of the market, but they would likely have missed the remarkable market rally that followed. The market’s best days typically follow the largest drops. And given the difficulty in timing the right moment to get in and out of the market – even for experienced investors – the smarter option is to simply stay invested through the ups and downs.  Stocks do not keep going up all the time. After months of gains this year, a pullback is natural but it doesn’t mean a correction