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8 ways to buffer your portfolio from a market slide

U.S. News & World Report - Money Logo By Rebecca Lake of U.S. News & World Report - Money | Slide 1 of 9: It's a fact that <a href="https://money.usnews.com/investing/investing-101/articles/2017-10-10/how-to-invest-with-the-business-cycle">the stock market moves in cycles</a>, often alternating between periods of skyrocketing highs and stomach-churning lows. When returns are rising in a bull market, investing is a breeze, but the savvy investor also plans for the period of falling share prices that inevitably follows. Adding alternative investments that help hedge your stock portfolio against volatility can safeguard earlier gains from a sudden market slide. So if the stock market's recent gyrations make you nervous, here's what you might add as a buffer.

The market can change direction quickly

It's a fact that the stock market moves in cycles, often alternating between periods of skyrocketing highs and stomach-churning lows. When returns are rising in a bull market, investing is a breeze, but the savvy investor also plans for the period of falling share prices that inevitably follows.

Adding alternative investments that help hedge your stock portfolio against volatility can safeguard earlier gains from a sudden market slide. So if the stock market's recent gyrations make you nervous, here's what you might add as a buffer.

Click ahead for eight ways to buffer your portfolio from a market slide.

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