|My dividend portfolio kept growing despite numerous fearful events over the last 5 years
Some investors - experienced and inexperienced - were overcome by fear, seeking safety in cash and bonds. Panic selling doesn't seem like much of a plan if you ask me. Planning and organisation is key to long-term investing success. Have a plan and execute it. Revise the plan as the situation evolves, tweak it, refine it and keep plodding on. Take a long hard look at the list of stocks which you have extensively studied before. Consider buying some stocks on that watchlist. Deploy your spare cash in phases. Take a leap of faith. Every crisis is an opportunity in disguise.