How You Can Overcome a Tough Market Environment

Private investors should never try to emulate market traders - speculating on the hourly dips. But there are some simple actions you can take when the stock market is unpredictable

Christine Benz 27 August, 2015 | 10:41AM
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"Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!" 

Those words of wisdom have been attributed to everyone from Clint Eastwood to Alice in Wonderland's White Rabbit. But whatever their provenance, they can be incredibly useful, especially when it comes to your investments.

After all, the whole point of setting up a sensible asset-allocation framework and populating it with sturdy investments is so that your portfolio can hold up in varying market conditions and doesn't need babysitting.

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Christine Benz

Christine Benz  is director of personal finance at Morningstar and author of 30-Minute Money Solutions: A Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Your Finances.