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One Year Since the Coronavirus Crash: U.S. Market Volatility and Performance in 7 Charts

Investors who stood firm were rewarded as the markets recovered, and then some.

A year after the coronavirus pandemic sparked financial turmoil, one thing is clear: Investors who didn't panic during the panic have been rewarded.

Given the broader upheaval in the global economy, social unrest, and political sea change in Washington, it may be hard for some investors to remember just how bad the markets were a year ago. The Morningstar US Market Index hit a new peak on Feb. 19, 2020, marking the start of the quickest bear market in history. The index then fell 35% in 33 days, hitting a low on March 23.