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Expecting Turbulence? 5 Portfolio Management Ideas to Weather the Storm

Volatility has been a mainstay in public markets for the past 15 months. As measured by the CBOE Volatility Index, commonly known as Wall Street’s fear index, expected volatility in the S&P 500 Index has been well above the historical mean. Spikes in the VIX signal investors’ apprehension about stocks due to elevated levels of fear or stress in the market. While stocks are up in the first quarter of 2023, markets are still experiencing turbulence tied to central bank monetary policy, geopolitical stress, and the recent string of bank failures in the United States.

Against this backdrop, here we list five portfolio management ideas that can help investors cushion volatility. These strategies may prove especially useful if you believe high inflation will persist for the rest of the year.

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1. Developed Market Stocks Over Emerging Markets

2. High-Yield Bonds

3. Natural Resource Stocks

4. Low-Cost Index Funds

5. Allocation to Gold