Things to try in a market correction:
• Respond emotionally, giving in to your lizard brain. It does a good job of keeping you alive, so you might as well hand over management of your portfolio to it.
• Rely on your gut instinct to lead you out of trouble. After all, your instincts helped you buy gold at $400 and sell Apple at $700, right?
• Deviate from your plan, because really, what’s the point of having a plan if you can’t change it on a whim?
• Aggressively overtrade, because all of those capital gains taxes are helpful in reducing the federal deficit.
• Rely on the pundits’ market calls, because their sole interest is making sure you are comfortable in retirement.
• Flail aimlessly, and with any luck, something you do will turn out well.
• Hope is good. Hoping that things turn out for the best never did anyone any harm.
• Panic is always an option, because that always works out so well for people.