For investors, these are scary issues to be sure. Yet the stock market has been able to weather several panics relatively well in recent years, including the Eurozone crisis and 2011 debt ceiling showdown. The S&P 500 has gained about 160% from the March 2009 low.Stocks could be in for a wild October during the latest round of the debt-ceiling drama, and investors will likely be bombarded with dramatic headlines and overheated rhetoric from Washington. But during volatile times it’s important for investors to keep a cool head and look to history for any clues. In other words, don’t let the government shutdown furlough your long-term investment plans. Photo Credit: Stuck in Customs
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