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Your Stock Market Correction Survival Guide

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While the markets did not quite make it to official stock market correction territory this week, the 6% drop in less than a month should have reminded investors that they always need to be prepared for a downturn.

And mind you -- despite a rebound today (Friday), this correction may not be over. That means investors need a plan.

These strategies will help you survive - and even profit from -- a stock market correction...

If This Is a Stock Market Correction, "Bring It On"

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After last week's gyrations, the Standard and Poor's 500 Index is down 5.5% from its September highs - more than halfway to a stock market correction of about 10%.

But Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald -- a seasoned market analyst with 33 years of experience - refuses to go along with the gloom-and-doom crowd that's now predicting a stock market crash of 20% to 30%.

In fact, not even a 10% stock market correction bothers him.

To find out why Fitz-Gerald would relish a stock market correction, watch this video.

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No, This Is Not a Tech Bubble – And You Can Still Profit

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The bears are out in full force trumpeting the news that there's a tech bubble, and the steep decline has started.

As of today's opening, the Nasdaq Composite has dropped 7.3% in just over three weeks. That drop followed an incredible run where the index climbed 28% from September 2013 through September 2014.

But according to Money Morning experts, this is unequivocally not a tech bubble.

In fact, bailing out now is one of the worst moves an investor could make…

Stock Market Crash Fears Do Not Mean "Head-for-the-Hills" – Here's What to Do Instead

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Fears of a stock market crash were stoked again yesterday (Thursday), with the Dow Jones Industrial Average taking its biggest dive of the year -- a loss of 334 points.

Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, a seasoned market analyst with 33 years of experience, says this is not a "head for the hills moment," but an opportunity for savvy investors.

In this video, Fitz-Gerald also digs into the reasons for the mini stock market crash and what to expect in the weeks ahead.

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Yesterday's Fed News Will Trigger Great Stock Buys… Just Not How It Intended

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I have long said that the Fed has never met a printing press it didn't like nor a dove that it didn't want to set free in the name of higher stock prices. And, yesterday, yet again, Yellen proved it.

Within minutes of releasing its latest set of notes hinting that the Fed will keep rates near zero, the S&P 500 took off on a 34-point gain that is the biggest so far this year. Moving first 45 points from its low of 1,925 to its peak of 1,970 in less than five hours (it later settled slightly lower), the index shrugged off the prior day's losses amidst global growth concerns and weaker European economic data.

This is manipulation of the highest order. It's also proof positive we NEED a correction. Now, more than ever.

A lot of investors will take issue with me on this and I don't blame them one bit - corrections are scary. But, they are also essential when it comes to big returns.

October Stock Market Crash Talk: Why the Month Has a Bad Rap

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Stock market crash talk often picks up in October – the month has a reputation of having the worst performance of the year.

October has an ominous reputation on Wall Street for delivering a stock market crash for good reason; six of the top 11 worst market declines have happened during the month.

Here’s an overview of notable October market declines – and a glimpse of what to expect this year…

How to Use Money Market Funds to Shield Your 401(k) from a Crash

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American workers with 401(k) plans are right to dread a stock market crash that would wipe out a big chunk of their hard-earned balances.

But instead of living in fear, it's possible to do something about it - thanks to the option of money market funds, which almost every 401(k) plan offers.

And the best part is, reallocating 401(k) investments to a money market fund couldn't be any easier.

Here’s how to get started…

Will Alibaba Buy eBay Once PayPal Is Gone?

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Ebay Inc.’s (Nasdaq: EBAY) plans to spin off its PayPal unit has left many on Wall Street salivating over the potential of the stand-alone payments business.

And some pundits are speculating that Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) or Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) might buy PayPal.

But they should be asking this question: Will Alibaba buy eBay?

Here’s why a deal would make sense for both companies…

Here’s why a deal makes sense for both companies…

YHOO Stock Now Has to Wrestle with Taxes Post-Alibaba IPO

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Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) stock rose 4% today, with Starboard Value LP reportedly buying up a large stake in the company.

The investment management firm’s decision is a positive development for YHOO, which had seen its shares tumble for most of the week on concerns that as it sheds its portfolio of overseas investments, the remaining core business will be valueless.

Here’s one thing YHOO needs to do to reassure shareholders now…

Dow Jones Makes It Clear That Inversion Deals Are Unwanted Trend

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Dow Jones Industrial Average officials just made membership requirements for its elite index even more stringent, prompted by a surge in inversion deals made to avoid the high U.S. corporate tax rate.

The committee overseeing the storied blue-chip benchmark just updated the definition for index inclusion. The classification now states that companies that conduct business in the United States, but are incorporated abroad, are not eligible for admission in the 30-stock index.

The Dow tweaked the language used in its process of accepting components into the coveted index to officially read that member companies must be incorporated and headquartered in the United States. Additionally, the United States must be a company’s largest revenue-generating country.

That means the new eligibility requirements clearly exclude companies that have moved overseas via inversion deals.

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Dividend-Paying Stocks: MSFT, MCD, and 22 More New Dividend Boosts

The profusion of dividend-paying stocks that have increased payouts over the last several weeks reflects a robust second-quarter earnings season.

Companies in the S&P 500 turned in 10.3% earnings growth in Q2 - the highest advance since 2011's third quarter.

Last week Microsoft </strong>(Nasdaq: MSFT), McDonald's </strong>(NYSE: MCD), and 22 other dividend stocks raised payouts. Here's the full list of dividend hikes announced during the week ending Sept. 19, 2014.

Stock Market Crash 2014: George Soros Tips His Hand

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Hedge fund filings for the second quarter show a spike in defensive positions, which many have interpreted as a sign that professional investors like George Soros are preparing for a stock market crash.

And yet these hedge fund managers don't seem to be bailing on stocks altogether. Some even increased their long positions.

But if you dig a little deeper it becomes clear exactly what Soros and his fellow hedge fund managers are up to - and it makes perfect sense.

Here's why you should follow their lead on this...

Is a Stock Market Correction Coming?

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More than three years have passed without a stock market correction, and this has investors, traders, analysts, and economists wondering when one will occur.

Even with interest rates sitting at rock-bottom levels and earning next to nothing for savers, right now, sitting on cash isn't a terrible thing.

Here’s why so many big-name investors have kept cash hordes growing instead of invested – this will have a major impact on your money…

You Can Make Money in Stocks (Especially These Three) No Matter What Rates Do

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It's commonly held wisdom that stock markets go to heck in a hand basket when interest rates rise. So, the thinking goes, you'd be better off selling ahead of time before that happens.

No doubt it's tempting to head for the hills with rates at historical lows, but it pays to do your research before you hit the "sell" button.

The three companies I'm going to show you today, for example, can actually benefit from rising rates.

First, let's take an "Econ 101" look at the impact interest rates can have on stocks, especially when rates start rising...

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