Stay diligent and focus on companies that not only do well or better in bull markets but also hang in there and still perform during the inevitable stock market downturns.
So far, so good. This year, it hasn't taken a genius to profit from the markets. The Standard & Poor's 500 index, Dow Jones industrial average and many other general stock market indexes have been recovering from past woes and advancing, turning in a bit of a profit for a change.
But while it's nice to have a rising market that helps the stock prices of even many of the questionable and dodgy companies, don't let it get to you. When it comes to your retirement, you can't leave anything to chance. And that means not depending on a bull market for your investments.
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