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The One Factor That Could Cause a Stock Market Crash in 2016

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Global stock markets have tanked this year, leaving many investors worrying about a potential stock market crash in 2016. And Money Morning Global Credit Strategist Michael Lewitt has just told readers about the biggest factor that could lead to a 2016 stock market crash.

Before we get to that, here are the factors that have already driven the Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq down this year...

Our Stock Market Predictions Show More Losses Ahead in 2016

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It's true that global markets rallied last week, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed 3.8% since Tuesday, Feb 16.

But our stock market predictions show more losses ahead. In fact, Money Morning Global Credit Strategist Michael E. Lewitt says investors should not be fooled by the strong performance of stocks last week.

Here's why the markets are falling and how to protect your money...

Bear Market 2016: How to Protect Your Money Now

Analysts around the world are finally confirming what we've been saying at Money Morning all year: We are in a bear market in 2016.

The MSCI All-Country World Index, which tracks the performance of large- and mid-cap stocks across 23 developed and 23 emerging countries, declined 1.3% yesterday. That pushed the index's decline since its May peak to 20%.

Money Morning experts have been recommending our 2016 bear market investing guide since January, after recognizing that stocks would keep falling

How to Tell When the Next Market Crash (or Rally) Is Coming

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We know that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is off more than 10% since July 1 in a correction that has investors all over the world rattled. 

But here's the thing... I've been able to predict every step of the sell-off, whenever stocks were set to make the next move down. Right before each drop, I told investors what they could do to protect themselves and even make some nice, easy money during the sell-off.

Let me show you my charts...

Will the Stock Market Crash in 2016? 

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A stock market crash in 2016 wouldn't be unexpected right now. That's a frightening thought.

Stocks had a rough start to the New Year, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeting nearly 8% in the first 10 trading days of January.

Investors are capitulating over concerns about China's slowing economy and its collapsing stock market. Tepid global growth and the Fed's decision to raise interest rates in December isn't improving investor sentiment either.

Is there going to be another stock market crash like we saw in 2008, though? Here's what we know...

Bear Market 2016: Why Money Is Fleeing the Markets Now

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It's easy to forget, but we were just in the longest bull market since WW2. Since hitting a low of 6,626 in 2009, the Dow has climbed 177% to May's high of 18,351.36. A market cool down is normal and expected.

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average down nearly 9% since the start of the year, many investors expect bear market 2016 to drag stocks down further.

Our experts have a different take...

2016 Stock Market Crash: How Low Will the S&P Drop

2016 Stock Market Crash

2016 Stock Market Crash: Global markets have tanked so far this year, and the S&P 500 has already fallen 10.4% from its May 2015 high.

Investors are now wondering how far the S&P 500 could drop during a 2016 stock market crash, so we turned to Money Morning Global Credit Strategist Michael Lewitt for his prediction. After reviewing market data, he has revised his original S&P 500 prediction for Money Morning readers.

But first, here's why investors are panicking about a possible 2016 stock market crash...

Is This a Bear Market? - January 2106

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Global stocks tanked again Wednesday, causing panic on Wall Street about a bear market in 2016.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 550 points intraday Wednesday, and the index is now down nearly 14% from its May highs.

But according to Money Morning experts, we're already in the middle of a bear market. And this is the best strategy for protecting your money when stocks continue lower...