Preparing Your Portfolio for a Market Pullback

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which analyst John Reeves and advisor David Meier discuss topics across the investing world.

The ISM Manufacturing Index dropped below 50 for the first time since the last recession. Investors need to prepare for a contraction. In John and David's real-money, 10-Baggers portfolio, they are preparing the portfolio in three ways. First, they have a nice cash cushion to pick up opportunities. Second, they have been slowly accumulating shares of their favorite long-term investment ideas, such as Fusion-io and MAKO Surgical. Lastly, they have been allocating new cash to income-generating, high-quality companies like ExxonMobil and Intel. John and David will continue to look for great companies to add to the portfolio, no matter what the circumstances. Facebook is just one example of the type of company they think is being underestimated by the market.

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David Meier and John Reeves have no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Facebook, Fusion-io, Intel, MAKO Surgical, and ExxonMobil. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Intel and MAKO Surgical. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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  • Report this Comment On July 08, 2012, at 11:05 PM, Hanage wrote:

    What do you consider a "nice cash cushion?" Do you have a certain % figure or any guidelines that we can use?

  • Report this Comment On July 09, 2012, at 9:42 AM, TMFBane wrote:

    Having at least 10% of your portfolio in cash might be a very good idea. And more than that might be wise too, if you feel we're are entering a particularly volatile period.

    We're fortunate in that we have a lot of cash on hand, and are receiving more each month from the Fool's CFO. Hope that helps!

  • Report this Comment On July 09, 2012, at 11:23 AM, Hanage wrote:

    Yes it does, thanks!

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