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Do You Need a Bear-Market Fund?

These funds were among the best performers during the recent stock-market plunge--but there are other ways to play defense.

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After six years of positive market returns, investors are getting a refresher course in what a market sell-off feels like. During a sizable market correction such as the one we've seen, it's natural for investors to wonder if they should be doing more to play defense in a downturn.

Some may even be wondering if they should allocate a portion of their portfolio to an investment type that is designed to profit from market downturns: bear-market funds.

Karen Wallace does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.