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Why is the stock market down today
Dow Jones futures rose modestly Wednesday morning, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures, buoyed by China markets. The stock market rally had a quiet Tuesday, though the major indexes nudged into record highs intraday. The Nasdaq still looks extended, among notable cautions. Lyft stock, Enphase Energy (ENPH), Match Group (MTCH) and Dow giant Cisco Systems (CSCO) were notable movers after hours. Read More
Why is the stock market going down today
When the stock market goes down and the value of your portfolio decreases, it’s tempting to ask your financial advisor, “What should I do? Should I pull money out of the stock market?” That’s understandable but wrong. Instead, you should ask, “What should I not do?”
The answer is simple: don’t panic. Panic selling is often people’s first reaction when stocks are going down, leading to a drastic drop in the value of their hard-earned funds. It’s important to know your risk tolerance and how it will affect the price fluctuations–called volatility–in your portfolio. Investors can protect themselves from market risk by hedging their portfolio through diversification, which includes holding a wide variety of investments.