MoneyWise Live | March 18, 2019

Learning to Love Bear Markets with Mark Biller

Show Notes

Americans have had a long love affair with bears.  From teddy bears to polar bears … Yogi and Boo Boo too … we just can’t get enough of the furry critters. But that affection does not extend to bears on Wall Street.  It’s true, we have only fear and loathing for bear markets but it doesn’t have to be that way. Our host Rob West welcomes investing expert Mark Biller today to tell us how we can learn to love bear markets.

Rob talks with Mark on these topics: 

  • Where the terms “bull” and “bear” came from?
  • Of course, most investors are cheering for the bull.  ie.: They want stock prices to always be going up?
  • If you're just watching the "Total Value" should you get nervous when it goes down?
  • Let's get a good definition particularly for this show. What exactly is a bear market?
  • Wall Street had a "correction" — investors were panicked— but you think that was actually a good thing?
  • No one knows when the next genuine bear market will arrive.  Most people have an inordinate ability to access their accounts when a bear market occurs so how should we react when it gets here?

Next, Rob and Steve answer these questions at 800-525-7000 or via email at

  • Should Christians invest in crypto-currencies and what is a brief explanation of them?
  • If you have about $60,000 left on your mortgage, have a good emergency savings built up and you're on track with retirement, would it be better to pay off the mortgage or put your effort toward investments?
  • If you're 6 years from retirement and had a knee-jerk reaction during the last down-turn by moving your funds to a more stable fund, how do you move back into a more aggressive investment strategy?
  • If you're 70 years old and retired with no debt with two sources of stable income either of which covers your living expenses, how should you invest one of the two incomes?
  • If you have a 401(k) that is languishing with a previous employer, what are your options?
  • If you got a lone to consolidate debt and ran up your debt even further, what are the options you have now?
  • How does a PUBLIC pension affect your Social Security benefits?
  • If you're helping your parents paying bills and noticed they're in about $100,000 in credit card debt, how can you begin to help?
  • If your under-employed 35 year old son has a $84,000 student loan and you have $71,000 in mutual funds, should pay what you can of the debt and begin to pay about $2500 per month to finish it for your won peace-of-mind?

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