Marcial: Making the Best of a Bad Market

Investors should keep a cool head and carefully scan for bargains among the wreckage. One promising opportunity: JPMorgan Chase

Folks, we have been here before. The stock market's steady decline in past weeks has been upsetting and disconcerting, to say the least—particularly to investors who fear the worst about their stock portfolios. Wall Street has seen similar, if not worse, bear markets, such as the 1973-1974 oil embargo-driven downturn. And more recently, the bursting of the Internet bubble in 2000-2001 resulted in a horrible market plunge that reminded investors that the Street is not a one-way street to riches. But bear markets do end, and this one will, too.

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