Bear Market

A bear market is a directional decline in the stock market over a period of time. It is a transition from high investor optimism to widespread investor fear and pessimism. There can be many definitions of a bear market, one generally accepted measure is a price decline of 20% or more. A market crash is a dramatic decline of prices across a broad range of assets.

historical bear market chart


For a list of stock market crashes and bear markets starting in 1623, click here.


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