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The best solution, for most of us, is simply to stay invested all the time, and regard it as a buying opportunty when stocks go on sale.

I agree with both points...staying put and then adding to existing positions when stocks are seriously undervalued. I'd also add that using some level of hedging can dramatically reduce downside risk while not doing too much to impede upside gains. In an earlier post I described a simple timing model I use to set the level of hedging I use. Even without using a timing model, a fixed level of hedging can provide some good protection against market downturns.
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