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A Dow Jones news ticker in Times Square, N.Y., carry headlines including reaction to U.S. economy on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. Investors are frustrated. After the downgrade of the U.S. government's debt rating, many are bracing for their portfolios to take a lasting hit, all while they're left with few options to limit their losses.

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Investors resigned to more portfolio pain

Average investors are frustrated that the U.S. government is no longer among the world’s most creditworthy, and fear Monday’s stock plunge may not be the end. And that’s quite a statement.

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