How To: Invest in a bear market

Invest in a bear market

Don't hide in a cave when the market is down. Find stocks that will pay off when the bull makes its return.
You Will Need
* Stocks at limit price below market
* Small-cap stocks
* Bonds
* Dividend-paying stocks
* IPOs
* Currency of developed countries

Step 1
Sell your mutual funds, which tend to drop in a bear market because everyone is selling the same stocks.

Step 2
Buy stocks now at limit price below market, which means placing an order to buy stocks if and when they fall to a certain price. These orders come with a time limit.

Step 3
Buy small-cap stocks, also known as emerging-growth stocks, which tend to go up in a bear market because they are not owned by mutual funds.

Step 4
Sell any emerging-market stocks, which often do poorly when the world economy is suffering.

Step 5
Play it safe with bonds and dividend-paying stocks, which usually offer steady returns.

One rule of thumb is that the percent of your portfolio invested in bonds should match your age.

Step 6
Don't buy stocks on margin, which means buying them with borrowed money. This is always risky, but more so in a bear market, when stocks tend to decline due to a sluggish economy.

Step 7
Buy initial public offerings, known as IPOs. In a bear market, only the most financially sound companies have the luxury of going public.

Step 8
Buy currencies of mature economies, which may increase in value during a bear market because they often stay more stable during periods of decline.

Fact: After the 1929 stock market crash, stocks did not return to their pre-Depression levels until 1954.

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