If you have money in any stocks, pull it out now. The Federal Reserve has been buying American debt at an unbelievable rate. QE1 and QE2 (Quantitative Easing) were used to pump trillions of dollars into the stock market, treasury bond market and all the major banks (domestic and foreign). Both QE1 and QE2 failed miserably. The stock market only exists because of the federal dumping of money to keep the market afloat. QE2 ends in June. The Feds claim they will, again, dump billions more of "printed money" into the market. As an investor, I am sick to my stomach at what will happen in the near future. A collapse of the stock market is imminent. Look at investing in silver (not coins). Gold has gotten too expensive. Buy or payoff cheap property you own. Make sure it doesn't require any major work (roof, furnace, windows, etc) in the next 10 years. Make sure you have zero debt. Everyone within my financial circle have divested themselves of all stocks.