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What to Do When the Stock Market Crashes

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Dear Readers,

Ladies and gentlemen, have you ever wondered what you would do in a case of market mayhem? Well, now you can find out from DealBook.

To help you find out, we are introducing a special section designed to answer your toughest money questions. In the new section, DealBook will offer a series of in-depth answers to critical matters, such as whether a stock is a buy or a sell, what you should do if the stock market tanks, and, yes, even what you should do if you have an investment account with a margin account.

Here’s some sample questions for the free newsletter. (Thanks to Jon Erlichman for the examples.)

From Lloyd Blankfein at Goldman Sachs:

Healing from losses and cashing out aren’t a first priority for investors — many simply get shaken out of their stock holdings for good.

From at Caxton (including Gregory Meyer):

Short-term trading also shouldn’t be done with a margin account. (Mannheimer & Co. analyst Alex Blostein recommends clients pull out.)

From Jim Simons at Renaissance Technologies:

Stocks are a long-term vehicle. The longer you hold a position, the better.

From Gordon Gekko at Goldman Sachs:

Money is a penalty on the expectation of later gains. … When I’m making a pick, the right place to park money is at zero.

From Twitter founder Jack Dorsey:

Last week, Twitter filed for its initial public offering. In its filing, Twitter provided some sobering projections. It cautioned that its prospects were increasingly dependent on attracting enough users to maintain its growth, and that it might not be able to sustain its monetization efforts.

Here’s more advice from Moelis & Co. about where you should invest your money:

What’s the most important thing to do to make sure your investments pay off?

Trees grow, water flows, fuel flows, crops grow, people can’t be wrong — and so, in addition to other perfectly reasonable reasons, investors should know what they should do if their investments tank.

Following the excellent advice on the right side of the screen, the right answer is to keep your investment portfolio relatively small.

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From DealBook:

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Best,

Jesse Lynn, founding Editor

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