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Bull or Bear Market - Who Cares? With the Right Portfolio, It Shouldn't Matter

Volatility, that old villain, is at it again, putting stock market investors back on edge.

What seemed to be an endless tunnel of love turned into a funhouse ride in February, with the Dow marking its biggest single-day point drop on Feb. 5 -- plunging nearly 1,600 points before recovering somewhat to close down 1,175.

What happened? No one knows for sure. Based on key indicators (employment, inflation, consumer and investor activity), everything appeared to be going just fine. But the

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