If Trump and Clinton supporters have anything in common at all, it's a sense of dread. Yet the next president's policies and temperament aren't their only worries; they fear what a period of uncertainty would do to their investments.
And don't expect it to get much better, even after Americans cast their ballots. A long but listless bull market now in its eighth year, plus a Federal Reserve on the precipice of another interest rate hike, mean ordinary investors might be wise to take some tips from the pros and look for ways to ride out a turbulent period.
While there's no perfect way to escape all the bumps in the road, expert traders use a range of strategies from simple to sophisticated to dampen the shocks. Some involve "put" and "call" stock options that can seem scary to an investor accustomed to straight stock trades or buy-and-hold mutual funds, but options strategies like covered calls and collars are in fact conservative.
Here are six strategies investors can use to safeguard a portfolio in uncertain times.