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3 investing strategies to profit from a second ASX share market crash in 2020

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The 2020 ASX share market crash has caused a lot of pain for many S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) investors. In the short run, further declines could happen from a second wave of coronavirus and its potential impact on the world economy.

Here are 3 investing strategies to profit from a potential second ASX share market crash in 2020:

Hold alternative assets

ASX 200 shares are by no means the only asset class you should hold in a diversified portfolio during a share market crash. Two “safer” options are gold and cash. 

Investors looking for exposure to gold could consider miners like Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST), physical gold, or an ETF like Perth Mint Gold (ASX: PMGOLD).

Perth Mint Gold has a very low management fee of just 0.15%. Another great feature is that unlike many gold exchange traded products, PMGOLD can be physically redeemed for any of The Perth Mint’s bullion coins and bars.

If you’re particularly bullish on the safe-haven metal during a 2020 share market crash, investing in a gold miner should provide you with additional leverage to the gold price, meaning that you could have greater upside potential. However, with greater potential comes greater risk.

Cash is a great asset to hold for both optionality and peace of mind. More risk averse investors should hold some cash to give them the confidence to hold their growth stocks through any stock market turbulence. More aggressive investors can use cash to “buy the dip”, which I explain in more detail below.

Buy a bear fund before the crash

Shorting stocks or the share market is my least favourite option to profit from a pull back. Why? Because it requires you to successfully time the market. Maybe you can, but I know that I certainly can’t do that.

With that being said, if you have a sound understanding of economics or investor sentiment, this strategy can make you money. The easiest way to take a position like this is through an ETF like BetaShares Australian Equities Bear Hedge Fund (ASX: BEAR).

Buy quality ASX 200 shares during the crash

You’ve heard my least favourite way to invest during a share market crash, now here is my favourite. Buy ASX 200 shares! If you remain fully invested, I would recommend dollar cost averaging a portion of each paycheck into the market. If you have cash waiting to be deployed, I still think that you should stage it into shares to avoid missing out on depressed prices.

In my view, you should look for high quality, profitable companies with strong balance sheets, and growth companies that have seen their lofty valuations cut more than their fundamental business. Perfect examples of these are CSL Limited (ASX: CSL) and ETFS FANG+ ETF (ASX: FANG).

Foolish bottom line

Over the long-term, high quality ASX 200 shares should continue to be a life changing asset to own. Potential share market crash or not, continuing to invest in the right businesses will stand you and your family in good stead.

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Lloyd Prout has no position in any of the stocks mentioned and expresses his own opinions. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of CSL Ltd. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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