Investors are always trying to anticipate the next stock market crash. Those searching for signs of the next major downturn for the market got some evidence supporting the idea that it could come sooner rather than later, with investors continuing to worry about the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and in other areas of the world. As of 11:15 a.m. EDT, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) was down 767 points to 33,921. The S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) had dropped 65 points to 4,262, and the Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQINDEX:^IXIC) was lower by 143 points to 14,284.

You can always make a bearish case for why the stock market should stop going up, at least in the short run. However, investors spend too much time trying to figure out exact timing. If you’re truly worried about your exposure to the stock market, then the time to take action is before the worst of the next bear…

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