The Death Cross is an investment market event that simply by its name might send chills through the spine of the average stock investor. It takes place when the average closing price of the U.S. stock market over the last 50 days falls below the average closing price over the last 200 days. Such a crossover between these two readings is widely considered a bearish signal that stocks are poised to plunge much lower. As a result, many investors are inclined to use the Death Cross as a signal that the time has come to lighten up on stock positions and move to the sidelines to protect against portfolio losses. But despite its ominous sounding name, a closer examination is worthwhile to determine whether waiting for a Death Cross is truly an effective strategy from a risk protection standpoint.
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