These are eerie days for stock investors. The multiyear bull run stumbled badly as 2022 began, and now the S&P 500‘s decline from its January peak hovers around the 20% level—the dreaded borderline for a bear market. But the big question looming in the background is this: Where can stock investors put their money during such an inclement interlude, one that might get far worse? What shares stand the best chance of holding their own and perhaps growing when better times return? After all, every bear market in retrospect looks like a buying opportunity for high-quality names that were beaten down and then staged a solid recovery.
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