Quantcast
Are you getting the best rate from your broker?
Compare your broker's rates now to find out if you can save money

Choose your broker below
Welcome to Dividend.com. Please help us personalize your experience.

Select the one that best describes you
Dividend logo

The stock market has been booming of late. But amid the happiness that accompanies swelling account balances, there is also the nagging anxiety among many investors that the good times won’t last.

There is always the possibility that the bull market will come to an end, whether through the bang of a big downdraft or the whimper of a slow, steady fizzle. Maybe not right away, and maybe in some way we can’t foresee.

A Cooler Look

To be sure, no one, save for the few investors riding massive short positions, wants stock prices to go down. But rather than dwell on the prospect of a possible 10%, 20% or a who-knows-how-bad loss, let’s take a breath and look at the possibility of a downturn a bit less emotionally.

First, there’s the whole issue of real versus paper losses. Consider the current boom. On paper, you’re richer. But unless you’ve sold out and converted all those gains (minus taxes) to cash, you’re in the same place you were before the rise. The only time you know if you have really made money or lost money is when you sell your holdings.

To read the Full Story, Go Premium or Log In

Popular Articles

Premium Shutterstock 39685645
News

The Market Wrap for October 20: Bipartisan Deal Sparks Hope

Markets experienced another week of record highs and the Dow closed above 23,000 marks for the...

Dividend Investing Ideas Center

Industries We Can Go Long/Short on During Hurricane Season

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has been a highly active one, with multiple storms wreaking...

Premium Shutterstock 546272707
News

You Retired Early! Now, What?

We all dream of an early retirement.

Being able to punch out, kick up our feet and not have to...