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3 Ways to Reduce Risk in a Portfolio

Here are some defensive investments to consider in this volatile market.

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When a nasty head cold strikes, we know it'll pass. Yet we'll sip tea, pop throat lozenges, or consume antihistamine and decongestants to make us feel better--and, one hopes, speed along the healing process.

Today's volatile market is kind of like a head cold: We know it'll eventually pass, but we feel compelled to do something to make ourselves more comfortable.

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