Supply: Looking for Alpha 

That is from the Looking for Alpha article, “5 shares to purchase for a bear market”. 

“Since December 31, 1994, international fairness markets skilled 4 bear markets when the S&P International BMI TR declined 20% or extra. The chart beneath exhibits that essentially the most resistant sectors, shopper staples, well being care, and utilities didn’t expertise the drawdown.” 

For these of us who handle a portfolio of particular person shares and ETFs, now we have the choice to steer the portfolio threat stage by including extra to those defensive sectors. Bear markets may be extra of a priority for these of us within the retirement stage or within the retirement threat zone. 

I’ve been very happy so as to add to my healthcare shares with the likes of CVS Well being (CVS), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Abbott Labs (ABT) and Medtronic (MDT). Retailer Walmart (WMT) is called a recession-friendly or recession-proof inventory. In recessions, shoppers flock to low-cost retailers. Walmart is the king of low value. I’m glad to top off on Walmart. 

Like many Canadians I’ve important publicity to defensive shares within the pipelines and telecom sector. 

As a semi-retree I’m snug with a extra conserative portfolio. 

A have a look at the drawdown so far 

Due to Liz Sonders, Chief Funding Strategist at Charles Schwab, right here’s a desk that particulars the U.S. inventory market(s) drawdowns so far: 

The desk exhibits the share of index constituents with drawdowns at 10%, 20% and 50% ranges, plus these with a optimistic return 12 months so far. So many shares have been hit onerous. 

Earnings season has been sturdy, however that’s not sufficient to carry U.S. shares into the optimistic for the 12 months. Right here is the year-to-date chart for the S&P 500. 

Supply: Looking for Alpha, to finish of Thursday February 10 

In the meantime in Canada, the massive dividends are rockin’. 

Supply: Google 

There is likely to be a grand alternative for Canadian traders to repair any Canadian residence nation bias, and transfer monies to U.S. shares and probably U.S. development shares. 

On my website I requested: “When will U.S. shares provide cheap worth?” 

When ought to Canadians rebalance? Most would say when your allocation strikes past 5% of your goal, or just rebalance it yearly. I’ll wait till I see cheap long-term worth in U.S. development shares. 

Dale Roberts is a proponent of low-fee investing, and he blogs at Discover him on Twitter @67Dodge for market updates and commentary, each morning.

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