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Bear Market


A bear market occurs when the market experiences price declines for a prolonged period of time.

Understanding the Term

When the market trends downwards and asset values are declining, it is known as a “bear.”

During a bear market, it is common for investors to basically believe that a negative trajectory will continue, and they are more averse to risk than they might be in a bull market.

In finance, it is also referred to as a ‘bear’ when inflation decreases 20% or more from a recent peak.


A bear market is the opposite of a bull market.

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