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Surviving the next market crash

The S&P/ASX 300 had a good July, but the road ahead could be bumpier. Prepare yourself now to survive the next market crash.

In their monthly investment survey, Mercer’s David Stuart says macro-economic developments have created “an extremely unpredictable short-term environment with potentially significant downside risk.”

Is he predicting the next market crash?

Not exactly, but he does expect some near-term fireworks. Sensibly however, Mercer are advising their clients to balance the short-term risk with a longer-term “positive equity valuation story.”

The prospect of a market crash scares investors. Who can blame them? It’s not pleasant to see your portfolio cut by 20% in a short space of time. people.

Stock market corrections are part and parcel of investing. We’ve already had one this year, the S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) plunging 10% from its May peak to its June trough.

At the time, it felt like the investing world was about to end. We received emails going along the lines of…

“With everything going on in the economy now, is it worth pulling money out of the share market in order to buy back in a few weeks when prices are even lower?”

We suggested such a plan would end badly, and to date we’ve been proven correct.

The market has risen more than 7% in that time, with popular holdings such as Commonwealth Bank (ASX: CBA), ANZ (ASX: ANZ), Insurance Australia Group (ASX: IAG) and AMP (ASX: AMP) faring even better. Selling in a fit of panic is never a good investing strategy.

Mercer are effectively saying that when viewed from a long-term perspective, stock valuations are attractive. There may be some short-term volatility, but if you can see through the falling share prices and keep focused on the long-term, through the beauty of compounding returns, you still should be able to generate significant wealth from investing in the share market.

Even after reading this, if you are worried about a market crash, you might want to first check out our new free report, Read This Before The Market Crashes. It could save you hours of heartache, and thousands of dollars. Click here to request your report now, whilst it’s still free and available.

Bruce Jackson is the Motley Fool’s General Manager. The Motley Fools purpose is to help the world invest, better. Take Stock is The Motley Fool’s free investing newsletter. Packed with stock ideas and investing advice, it is essential reading for anyone looking to build and grow their wealth in the years ahead. Click here now to request your free subscription, whilst it’s still available. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691)

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