How To Respond To A Stock Market Crisis

Written By Alla Levin
January 24, 2023
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How To Respond To A Stock Market Crisis

Although they are somewhat inevitable, market crashes still hurt. Knowing how to react and what strategy is best to take is vital. Here we will discuss how a trader might respond to a stock market crash.

Be patient

By definition, a stock market crash occurs when stock prices drop by 20% or more in a short period. This is, by nature, unpredictable. However, crashes or crises are not considered rare as they occur on average every ten years, generally following an event such as the bursting of the internet bubble in 2000, the housing crisis in 2008, or the last significant crash in 2020.

This type of financial crisis can confuse many, and it can be accessible to panic and sell to limit losses. However, many take the approach of doing nothing in the early stages of the crisis and holding their positions.

Many experts believe that the right thing to do is to stick to your trading plan and hold on to your investments until the storm passes. Some look to alternative trading options like dividends, forex, and CFDs during a market downturn. For example, a currency trading account can make it possible to take advantage of market fluctuations to trade short-term highs and lows.

On the other hand, some sell their shares to invest in safe havens such as government bonds or gold. However, this could also result in a double loss, as in addition to not taking advantage of the rebound at the end of the crisis, there is the potential to suffer the fall of safe havens like bonds when the stock markets recover.

How to respond to a stock market crisis: stick to a strategyHow To Respond To A Stock Market Crisis

The first and most fundamental approach is not to put all your eggs in one basket. Diversifying your capital is a top tip many traders will recommend. Diversification often involves dividing funds between savings accounts, “safer” investments such as euro funds or commodities like gold, and more volatile assets such as shares. 

Of course, a stock market crash sometimes creates opportunities for those who invest in the stock market. If a solid stock has fallen more than expected during the crisis, it offers a chance to get it at a low price. On the other hand, investing in numerous stocks that have fallen may not be prudent. That’s why precautionary savings are considered essential to any strategy.

If it is impossible to react fast enough to sell before a significant drop, sell orders can be invaluable. These “stop losses” aim to ensure shares are sold automatically in case of a substantial market drop. This type of order requires you to know your maximum loss on a stock in advance. That can be challenging but very useful in a stock market crash.

Some take the strategic approach of using a bear market to take advantage of market declines. But the biggest takeaway is that constant market analysis is essential, and you must act in line with your capabilities, regardless of the market’s status.

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