Mutual Funds Weekly: These stock funds can protect you in the next bear market

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Cash is not trash, especially when a large warchest offers an opportunity to buy stocks at cheaper prices.

Yet most stock fund managers deliberately keep cash positions small, leaving shareholders to determine how much cash to hold in their portfolio. So it’s insightful to read about several fund managers who go against the grain and let cash build when they believe that Mr. Market isn’t offering merchandise at attractive prices. Stashing cash drags on performance in up markets, but these funds have been able to fight off the bears.

— Jonathan Burton

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