How to Prepare for the Next Bear Market

Stock corrections are inevitable, but there are ways to minimize the impact.

The current bull market in stocks is approaching its sixth birthday. It’s been so long since the last bear market ended that some of you may have forgotten one of the unavoidable rules of investing: What goes up must occasionally go down. In fact, we haven’t even had a true correction—generally defined as a drop in share prices of 10% to 20%—since 2011.

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Manuel Schiffres
Executive Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance