Bear Proofing Your Stock Portfolio

Many investors are understandably conflicted. On one hand, they want to have a meaningful exposure to the U.S. stock market. After all, it seems to go up no matter what happens, good or bad, on any given trading day. On the other hand, they may also be just as reluctant to own stocks given that the underlying fundamentals are less than attractive at the current time with persistently sluggish economic growth and valuations near historical highs. Moreover, they see a Federal Reserve that is now tightening monetary policy, which historically leads down a road to an eventual sustained market correction that could conceivably start at any time. Wanting to own stocks, but not wanting to buy the peak of the second longest bull market in history, what can an investor do to satisfy both hands?

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