Google "January 2016 stock market" and you'll find articles using words like jitters, fears, crash, turbulence, plunge, horrible, worst. It's been 11 months and a lot has happened since then so you may not remember that the stock market had a rough January this year. One article stated "The Stock Market Posted the Worst January since 2009".
So just how awful was it? The S&P 500 finished January down 4.96%. The S&P 500 is an index of 500 large stocks commonly referenced to represent the stock market. There are many other types of stocks too though that are not represented by the S&P 500. That's a whole different article. Let's run through a few to see how they did in January. Small growth stocks, (Russell 2000 Growth Index) were down a whopping 10.83% in January. Small cap value (Russell 2000 Value) was down 6.72%, International stocks (MSCI EAFE NR USD Index) returned -7.23% for January, real estate stocks (DJ US Select REIT Index) were down 3.95% to start the year and bonds (BBg Barclay US Agg Bond Index) ended January up 1.38%. Bonds were the best performer in January, outperforming the eight stock asset classes we use.