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1. Mostly nothing — for now

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is nothing. But when the market bottoms out, knee-jerk reactions like immediately selling off investments are often the worst thing you can do.

Instead, wait until the market finds its own balance again before you rebalance your portfolio.

As CNBC’s wealth editor Robert Frank noted in a segment on “The Exchange,” that’s exactly what the millionaires are opting to do.

“Back in March of 2020, they were the first to come in to see opportunities to buy… we are not seeing signs in this survey that they right now see that opportunity to buy — at least not yet,” Frank said.

2. Mixing it up when necessary

While most people should hold tight for a bit, some investors — especially those who focus heavily on growth stocks — may want to consider switching up their investment mix.

Nearly 40% of the millionaires surveyed told CNBC they plan to or have already made changes to their portfolio due to inflation. About one-third say they’ve dumped equities thanks to inflation’s effects on certain sectors and stocks.

Where are they investing instead? A solid 41% are adding more fixed-rate investments, like government and corporate bonds, which are traditionally lower risk.

3. Keeping cash handy

As we said, you don’t really want to be selling when the market is tanking. Pulling money out of your portfolio for an emergency or for retirement funds locks in those losses.

If it’s possible, set aside more money in cash — as 44% of the millionaires say they’re doing these days. Homeowners can lean on the equity in their homes through a home equity line of credit (HELOC), but keep in mind that rising interest rates means these variable rate loans cost borrowers more these days.

For most people, the best option will be a high-interest savings account where your cash can be handy but will also continue to grow on its own. Retirees should also lean on Roth IRAs if they have no other choices since withdrawals aren’t taxed.

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Sigrid Forberg

Sigrid Forberg

Associate Editor

Sigrid’s current role is associate editor, and she has also worked as a reporter and staff writer on the MoneyWise team.

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