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Bear market

A bear market is one in which the prices of assets are falling or expected to fall. A bear market usually occurs when the economic environment is deteriorating or in time of financial crisis.

The opposite of a bear market is a bull market.


Bear markets are not unusual. For example, over the last century 26 bear markets have occurred in the United States (so once every 4 years on average). Their severity varies as well as their length. One famous bear market is the one we experienced in 2008 during the great financial crisis.

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