5 Things You Need to Know About This Horrible Stock Market

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When the stock market declines by 20% from its highs, it’s called a bear market. And boy, are we in one. In fact, we just suffered the worst January-to-June period in 52 years. Nixon was in the White House the last time stocks fell this much in the first six months of a year.

How did we get here, and what can we look forward to next? That’s what we’re talking about this week.

As usual, Stacy Johnson and I are joined by producer Aaron Freeman. Today our special guests are John Schneider and David Auten from the Debt Free Guys.

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What’s the deal with this bear market?

We’re in a bear market. What does that mean? Well, it means that a stock index you’re following is down 20% from its recent high. So how did we get here and why are stocks doing so poorly?

Should you invest during a down market?

It’s a scary time to invest, but does that mean you shouldn’t? We share our current investment strategies and talk about how you can make the most of a bear market.

Meet this week’s guests, the Debt Free Guys

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David and John Auten-Schneider are the Debt Free Guys and hosts of the Queer Money podcast. They enjoy helping their community live fabulously, not fabulously broke.

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About the hosts

Stacy Johnson founded Money Talks News in 1991. He’s a CPA, and has also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.

Miranda Marquit, MBA, is a financial expert, writer and speaker. She’s been covering personal finance and investing topics for almost 20 years. When not writing and podcasting, she enjoys travel, reading and the outdoors.

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