With the Dow suddenly plunging 6% this week, investors are rightly wondering if we're on the verge of another stock market crash.
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A stock market crash may seem unlikely after the strong summer rebound we've seen on Wall Street.
But many of the cracks in the financial system haven't gone away.
Sooner or later, the damage from the COVID-19 economy will catch up with stocks, and things will turn ugly.
Smart investors won't wait until their stocks turn red.
We remember late-February well.
The S&P 500 lost more than 30% between then and March.
Closing down the U.S.
economy had a tumultuous effect on investor confidence.
But the current market is taking hits from more than one direction.
Let's talk about why stocks are down today, then what you can do to protect yourself.
The coronavirus crash wiped out 35% of the market's value this spring.
But with stocks back at all-time highs and the pandemic still crippling the economy, investors are concerned a second stock market crash could be on its way.
We want our readers to be fully informed about the market and its risks, so we're going to look at the evidence.
While we can't predict the future, one of the best tools we have can help us tell if the stock market is overheated.
And it's showing stocks are more overvalued than they've been since 1971...
The steep stock market crash in March took a lot of investors by surprise.
And the rally since has raised hopes that a new bull market has already begun.
But investors need to wary of this rally.
Despite all the government intervention, stocks are sitting on shaky ground.
On the news of the Fed launching "QE Infinity" Monday morning, the Dow initially rallied 1,000 points...
Only to give back all of those gains and more by the end of the trading day.
The Dow closed down another 600 points.
As more states enact "stay in home" policies, many nonessential businesses are seeing their revenues abruptly fall to zero overnight.
If you believe that the current stock market crash has further room to fall and you want to protect your downside, then you have to learn how to make money when the stock market goes down.
The coronavirus has sent stocks tumbling as much as 40% this year. Chances are, your 401(k) hasn't been immune.
What if you were planning on retiring in a couple months? What if you just retired? Should you stop contributing? Should you leave your contributions in cash?
Lately, we have been getting a lot of questions from our members about what they should do with their IRAs.
So, we turned to Money Morning’s own Shah Gilani for guidance during these troubling times.
Shah is a 37-year investing professional who has experienced many market crashes over the course of his career.
He doesn’t work for a big bank or a brokerage house. He isn’t a financial advisor hoping to skim 1-2% off the top of your portfolio.
Instead, Shah’s offering his experience and expertise for free to our readers because he’s sick of Wall Street taking advantage of the “little guy.”
Here’s how Shah views the current COVID-19 crisis and how you should be handling your IRA (individual retirement account) today.
The rapid spread of the coronavirus has quickly halted economies, sending shock waves throughout financial markets around the world.
The S&P 500 is already down 30% from its all-time highs made just five weeks ago.
In comparison, it took about a year to drop 30% the midst of the 2000 tech bubble and the Global Financial Crisis of 2008.
Many are wondering if we're in the early stages of another recession... or worse, a depression.
So, does that mean the stock market will close?
In the financial markets, a black swan event is something that strikes unexpectedly and has a widespread, severe impact.
It's little wonder, then, that the media keeps referring to the coronavirus crisis as a black swan event.
But what investors want to know now is how long this will last and when might the market start to recover.
"Black Thursday" 2020 will live in infamy as one of the worst days ever for the stock market, but the worst could be yet to come.
The Dow plunged 10% in one trading day on Thursday, making it the fourth worst day besides the 1929 stock market crash and "Black Monday" in 1987.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average began March 9 (Monday) with a 2,000-point loss on coronavirus fears.
The 7% plunge brought all trade to a halt for 15 minutes.
A lot of investors are shaking in their boots right now.
But does a trading halt mean the stock market is crashing?
This year has been an absolute cash grab on Wall Street.
Since January, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has jumped nearly 19%.
Meanwhile, the S&P 500 is up 23% over the same period.
But there are still a few key signs that a stock market crash could be right around the corner.
After all, history's longest bull market is going on its 11th year - and it can only go so long.
Even though stocks just hit record highs on all three major indexes, a new stock market crash warning sign is showing up.
Most investors consider this a sign to run for the hills.
But for you, it's a time to take control when most investors are shaking in their boots.
In fact, a market crash might actually be profitable for investors who stay on their toes.
Many investors will take big losses in the coming months. But it won't be from a stock market crash. It will be from a failure to remain objective.
That said, the president's impeachment inquiry will have an impact. And investors can take measures to prepare themselves for anything in this uncertain market.