Surviving Bear Country
A bear market refers to a decline in stock prices of at least 15-20%, coupled with pessimistic sentiment underlying the market. Clearly no stock investor looks forward to these periods. Dont despair, there is hope! In this article we will walk you through some of the most important investment strategies and mindsets that one can use to limit losses - or even make gains - while the stock market is performing in such a manner.
First off, having a realistic mindset is one the most important things to do during an economic slowdown. Remember that its normal for the stock market to have negative years - its all part of the business cycle.
After a raging bull market, its easy to forget the bad times. Take, for example, the late 1990s; it was a time of spectacular growth in the equity markets, punctuated by gains in the S