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With the stock market ending 2018 with the worst December since the Great Depression, it's not surprising that there are rising fears about the possibility of a stock market crash in 2019.
In December, the S&P 500 officially entered correction territory. The United States has been in the longest-running bull market in history, and this caught many investors by surprise.
While there are some stock market concerns in 2019, this doesn't necessarily mean that a crash is on the horizon. That's the thing about stock market crashes - they're almost impossible to predict.
Even so, it helps to be prepared. Having a preparation plan is the single most important thing an investor can do right now.
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Here is why a downturn could take place this year - and the best steps you can take now to protect your portfolio from a potential stock market crash in 2019...
Why a Stock Market Crash in 2019 Is a Possibility
There are several catalysts that could lead to a stock market crash this year.
The first is an escalating trade war with China. What has already taken place has impacted major companies such as Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) and General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM), and there could be more to come.
Brexit also threatens world financial markets. Even though this was passed over two years ago, no one has any idea how this is going to turn out, and uncertainty is not a friend to currencies and stock markets.
"Brexit day" is now set for March 29, 2019, and the impact could be severe if this moves forward.
The U.S. Federal Reserve also continues to rattle the stock market. If rates continue to rise, the stock market is going to react accordingly.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for a stock market crash - and how to protect your money if the markets continue to be extremely volatile...