Fear is not the best motivator when it comes to growing wealth.

Yet, the only people who are selling out of the stock market right now are people who are afraid. So let’s zoom out for a moment, take a deep breath, and think about the big picture.

The market can flip from greed to fear just as quickly as it goes the other way. Three weeks ago, it flipped from greed to fear, and some people are very scared about that.

The importance of having a solid system is never more apparent than at times like these. The S&P 500 is 6.8% off its highs and all sorts of pundits are already calling for 30% declines in the stock market. Lucky for us, we know that what you hear on TV (and on other media) is entirely fictional. That’s why no decision (especially decisions involving your financial well-being) should ever be made based on the manufactured opinions of people who are paid to, essentially, entertain you.

Decades of data and rigorous analysis tell us right now that there is a 15.41% chance that the S&P 500 will either stay flat or go down from here.

That’s right — Recession Risk is at 15.41%. Higher than a month ago, sure, but still quite a distance from “scary.”

Again — step back for a minute. 15.41% is less than 50%. Less than 40%. Less than 25%. In other words, this is by no means a time to panic, even though that’s what a lot of people would like you to do. As risks rise across the board, our system will recommend paring down your exposure to the S&P 500 according to your own Risk Profile — but until then, don’t let all the noise get to you!

Will there be a recession? Yes. Will it be right now? Not likely. And even if things get even worse from here, you won’t lose more than your chosen Risk Profile as long as your stick to Your Allocation. It really is as simple as that.

Always remember: Fear will only serve to separate you from your hard-earned money (and you could say the same for greed!).

No time is the time for panic. Stick to the plan! In the long run, your portfolio will thank you.