When market volatility meets your retirement portfolio

What to do if you think recent market weakness is a sign of times to come

Christine Benz 21 May, 2019 | 2:00PM

Was the market's wild downward swing last Monday a brief unpleasant episode or a harbinger of something really painful and long-lasting?

For the moment, it appears to be the former; by Tuesday, stocks shook off their woes and regained a portion of the ground they'd lost the day before. Wednesday was another up day.

But more than 10 years into a bull market, it's only reasonable to start preparing, both mentally and financially, for a market that goes down and stays down. And goes down some more.

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Christine Benz

Christine Benz  Christine Benz is Morningstar's director of personal finance and author of 30-Minute Money Solutions: A Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Your Finances and the Morningstar Guide to Mutual Funds: 5-Star Strategies for Success. Follow Christine on Twitter: @christine_benz.

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