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Putting the Market Sell-Off in Perspective

Read this before you jump out of your office window.

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A nearly 380-point plunge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. An attack on an American battleship. The volatile combination of violence in the Middle East and rising oil prices. It's enough to send many scrambling for the window ledge--or at least to their online broker to shuffle their portfolios.

But before you leap or click your mouse, take a breath and a dose of perspective.

Dan Culloton does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.