Sure a 1000 point loss in the Dow in a few minutes could be cause for concern. However, in this particular case, this intraday movement should not be a cause for alarm. The everyday investor and those with a solid plan should have no concern. However, if you are a retiree and are using the market in order to generate your current income, this volatility is problematic. Rush to a financial advisor who understand distribution and income planning. This could be the difference between you being retired and staying retired.