The U.S. stock market peaked in early 2000 and plummeted until late 2002. After reaching a new high in 2007, stocks fell sharply once more from late 2008 to early 2009. With the market once again at record levels, as of this writing, is another plunge likely?

If so, will any alternative investments help cushion the future shock? Some advisors look at the past and expect hedge-type funds and managed futures to be among attractive alternatives today.

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