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In One Chart: These sudden stock-market plunges really are much more frequent, this chart shows

Maybe investors should be getting more accustomed to stock-market plunges akin to those that rippled though markets last week, knocking more than 830 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday and leaving the blue-chip gauge and the S&P 500 with their worst declines since February.

They might also take comfort from history, which also indicates that when they occur, a market bottom usually isn’t too far away.

“If sudden market plunges out of nowhere seem to be happening more frequently than in the past, it’s not just you,” wrote Pravit Chintawongvanich, equity derivatives strategist at Wells Fargo Securities, in a Monday research note.

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