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World markets  |  April 17, 2012 21:06:12

How to survive a bear market in long positions?

Stock markets in the United States have completed two weeks of decline. Prevail in the coming weeks, the influence of earnings season, which started positively or concerns about the economic condition of China and European countries led by Spain? If you want to save the nerves, prepare for a possible bear market after its - long positions.

First Shop for defensive stocks

Shift to equities, which have shown resistance to the crisis, is an essential strategy for spreading risk in the stock portfolio. An excellent example is that of Walmart and Procter & Gamble.

Similar stock option is especially useful when investors start expecting a bear market, but some still believe in the growth potential of certain sectors.

Walmart Procter & Gamble

Second Buy safe bond fund

Once the shares turns to the south, it is customary to seek safe harbor in the bond market. Forget for now the European, with the possible exception of German, possibly Czech.

Interesting funds are focused on U.S. bonds, such iShares Barclays 20 + Year Treasury Bond ETF or Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF. Similar funds are appropriate for portfolio diversification, not only when things go wrong shares.

iShares Barclays 20 + Year Treasury Bond ETFVanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF

Third Hedge for retail investors

Some funds specialize in shortování market and therefore benefit from a situation in which "fail" bets growth-minded investors. An example is the ProShares Short S & P500 ETF. Investing in inverse funds is similar ideal was at the beginning of a bear market.

ProShares Short S & P500 (ETF)

Shares of gold and S & P 500 would fall to 1,000 points and gold flying at 2 500 USD per ounce, says strategist David Tice
Shares of gold and S & P 500 would fall to 1,000 points and gold flying at 2 500 USD per ounce, says strategist David Tice

4th A bet on volatility

During the decline of their shares generally rising volatility. VIX Index is probably the most closely watched indicator of volatility, and that are linked to it such as iPath S & P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN and iPath S & P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN. As with all products, including rolling futures contracts, however, investors must pay attention to the contango effect. Hence suitable for a very short investment horizon.

iPath S & P 500 VIX Short Term Futures TM ETN iPath S & P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN

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