Don't Let The Jitters Throw You

Getting scared? With both stock and bond markets falling fast and furiously, you may feel there is nothing you can do but sit tight and watch the value of your holdings plummet. That might not be such a bad idea. As many investors learned in the 1987 crash, selling as markets fall can be a mistake. Those who did took heavy losses and missed out on the upswing that followed. And buying can make you look smart later. So don't panic. There are some moves that investors of all stripes can make either to minimize the effects of the downturn or to take advantage of it.

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