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There's standard stock market volatility, and then there's the stock market during a global outbreak and pending recession. Surprisingly, deciding what to do with equities in either environment will likely involve the exact same criteria. At all times, the worst stock market decisions are made from fear. It's what fuels panic, crashes, sell-off runs, and, for many, huge losses. Instead, let your inner cooler head prevail, and consider the following tips for dealing with stock market volatility.

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1. Check the technical indicators

Criteria such as 30, 100, and 200-day moving averages, and increasing or decreasing numbers of trades can indicate where a stock is going. If you're looking to buy, glance at the one year and five-year history of the stock, and make note of any seasonal ups or downs that occur regularly. If you're looking to sell, and the price is up, scan the charts anyway to make sure you are not giving up a stock that can ride out market volatility.

Check the technical indicators over the short and long term, especially if you are looking to buy. Stuart Westmorland / Getty Images
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