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3 Smart Ways to Protect Your Stock-Market Gains

If you've owned stocks, especially U.S. stocks, since the bull market began in March 2009, give yourself a pat on the back. In little more than six years, Standard & Poor's 500-stock index has produced an annualized total return of nearly 23%. A $10,000 investment at the start of the bull market in a fund that tracks the S&P 500 is worth about $35,000 today. Thanks to those remarkable returns, you may be daydreaming about retiring a bit sooner than you might have thought possible during the darkest days of the financial crisis--or being a touch more comfortable when you do. The only catch: To make those dreams a reality, you must hang onto your gains. And that's not easy to do.

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