By Bob Veres

You’re hearing dire predictions that the next major bear market is around the corner. Others say the bear is still a year or two away. But the truth is, the next bear market will come like the proverbial ‘thief in the night,’ and none of us can predict its hour or day.

All we can do is prepare for it.

Preparing yourself and your clients for bearish times may be the most important investment activity you engage in, more important than your portfolio design work or your research into the actual investments that you recommend. You make money for your clients during market downturns, by helping them avoid locking in losses and missing the recovery, and second, through consistent rebalancing.

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