5 Things to Do in a Bear Market

Bear markets, technically, are a 20% drop in the stock market, but who wants to wait that long to find out it's a bear?

Bear markets, corrections and volatility all look pretty much the same at the beginning. When the market is down 5%, how do you know if it is going to be a correction (10% decline) or a bear (20% or more decline)? You don't.

And here's another little secret: They don't ring a bell at the top of the market. The major tops over the past few decades all had the same thing in common, which is there was no clear catalyst for the decline. Today, investors and pros alike are looking for the catalyst, the bell at the top if

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