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  Invest in inverse ETFs in order to short the market

Just a few years ago, investors who wanted to profit from a market/stock downturn had to borrow shares from their broker to short the asset in question. But today, betting against banks, small-cap stocks, or even entire market averages, is just one convenient ticker symbol away.

You can short the market by using an inverse exchange-traded fund (ETF).

And while I’m generally an investor who subscribes to the fact that stocks ultimately rise and produce solid, long-term gains, there are certain times when using inverse ETFs can be very appealing - particularly in the current market environment.

Inverse ETFs (or short ETFs) are designed to move in the opposite direction of an underlying index. That means you profit when the benchmark tanks. The lower the underlying asset goes, the higher these funds advance.

Perfect for a bear market like this one.

Think of inverse ETFs as a type of insurance policy for your portfolio. Investing a modest amount in one of them can be a useful way to hedge against market declines, or protect your profits in certain asset classes.

And when an index or stock heads south (as we’ve seen many do with a vengeance recently), an inverse fund can help soften the blow - and in some cases, even generate enormous profits.

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