08/06/2011 01:25 pm ET Updated Oct 06, 2011

How To Survive The Stock Market's Wild Ride

The stock-market roller coaster has been wild enough to make even the most stoic, stiff-necked investors queasy. After falling in 10 out of the last 11 trading sessions, the stock market plunged more than 500 points Thursday, making it the worst day for the Dow since Oct. 22, 2008, the day that marked the beginning of the global financial crisis. On Thursday, the index lost 4.3 percent -- erasing all the gains for the year -- to end at 11,384.

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