Time is the best stabilizer during fluctuating market periods, and financial advisory firms can help investors the most by encouraging them to ride through the rough spots.

"Time is what helps you," Jim Schrader, senior vice president with Smith Barney in Lafayette, Ind., told the Journal & Courier. "Age gives people less time or more time for their investment strategy to work. You have to get through these periods of concern like we have now, and that needs time."

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