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What To Buy When The Stock Market Goes Down

The stock market doesn’t go up in a straight line. There are always periods of time during which the market gives back some — or a lot — of its gains. Because the average stock goes down three times as fast as it goes up, you can make a lot of money, relatively quickly, if you can spot great opportunities to bet against the market.

Many at-home investors have a “long only” mindset; that is, they only buy stocks. Whether it’s due to account restrictions or personal philosophy, these investors never sell short — and there’s nothing wrong with that. But a “long only” mentality can only get you so far. Years of gains can be wiped out in a matter of weeks if investors don’t hedge against their long positions. My goal in writing this article is to help the everyday, “long only” investor...