Despite Tuesday's brief respite, which saw modest gains in all three major market indices, the markets continued lower Wednesday. The S&P 500, along with the Nasdaq, is firmly in bear territory (defined as a 20% drop from its high point), and the Dow fell below 10,000 for the first time since mid-October of last year. The Dow first passed the 10,000 mark back in March of 1999.
Now more than ever, it's time to be careful out there, and in particular to consider your own unique situation. Should you sell stocks, or buy them? How should you handle this bear market? We've assembled some recent articles that address these questions, and others.