Ask a Fool: How Can I Protect My Stock-Heavy Retirement Fund if a Recession Hits?

Worldwide Invest Better Day 9/25/2012
Today senior analyst Eric Bleeker answers a reader's question, who asks "How can I protect my stock-heavy retirement account."
After checking with our personal finance guru Dan Caplinger, Eric still thinks that a stock-heavy asset allocation is appropriate for investors with a long investing horizon, though both recommend revisiting your portfolio allocations from time to time to rebalance to something more in line with your investing horizon and risk tolerance. 
Radical knee-jerk reactions, like cashing out, or putting your money under the mattress, do more harm than good.
Remember, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI  ) fell more than 50% in the economic crisis, over the last 10 years, it's rebounded nicely, and is still up nearly 70%. Sometimes, it can be hard to forget just how long a horizon is needed for the patient investor, but those that stay pat usually fare well.

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  • Report this Comment On January 31, 2013, at 10:30 PM, BentMike wrote:

    The questioner says, "...did nothing in '08 '09 and lost half my retirement."

    If she lost, that is exactly because she DID do something..sold her stock in a dip.

    A diverse portfolio that was held though that time is probably up considerably at this time.

  • Report this Comment On January 31, 2013, at 10:57 PM, thunderboltnova wrote:

    Mutual Funds can be the blame too. Some never came back since the fund managers must have had to cash out at the bottom. Then they never bought back into the market since they were either scared or didn't have the money.

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