FYI: Was the market's wild downward swing on Monday a brief unpleasant episode or a harbinger of something really painful and long-lasting?
For the moment, it appears to be the former; on Tuesday, stocks shook off their woes and regained a portion of the ground they'd lost the day before. Wednesday was another up day.
But more than 10 years into a bull market, it's only reasonable to start preparing, both mentally and financially, for a market that goes down and stays down. And goes down some more.