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Why the stock market drop is less scary than it seems

Last Friday, the Dow Jones industrial average fell by 666 points, which was followed by an even steeper decline on Monday. There is an important idea to keep in mind at a time like this: Take the long view.

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IF measured by news headlines, you might assume these are dire times in the financial markets.

There is a "market meltdown" in the United States and "ugly, ugly scenes" in the European exchanges. Evidence of higher wages was "whacking" global markets last week, while...

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