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How to Retire During a Volatile Stock Market

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There's nothing like a stock market rout to remind investors how important it is to follow the tenets of sound investing. The past several months have been one such baptism by fire, with Standard & Poor's 500-stock index recently down 12% from its May peak. Blame the free fall on the Chinese stock market, plunging oil prices or the fact that the current bull market, at seven years old, is experiencing fatigue. Whatever the cause, such market mayhem is particularly worrisome for retirees and near-retirees, who have less time to make up for big market declines. Here are seven tips to help you survive the turmoil.

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