bear market


Definition of bear market

: a market in which securities or commodities are persistently declining in value — compare bull market

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Recent Examples on the Web Historically speaking, the average recovery period from a bear market bottom to a new high is 10 months when the economy is seeing some level of growth. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "The Fed’s bearish outlook puts the global stocks rally on pause," 20 Aug. 2020 Selling continued Friday, leaving the Nasdaq at risk of its worst two-day performance since the depths of the bear market in March. Matt Egan, CNN, "This market mayhem will test Robinhood's newbie investors," 4 Sep. 2020 The market's view of silver linings ahead follows a year that including both a bull market and a bear market. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Stocks sail into 2021 on wave of optimism from vaccine and stimulus," 1 Jan. 2021 As the extent of the coronavirus became clear in March, investors sent stocks tumbling 34 percent, a bear market. Washington Post, "The stock market is ending 2020 in record territory, even as virus surges and millions go hungry," 31 Dec. 2020 All investors sweated through a record-fast dive into a bear market, yet enjoyed an unbelievably strong rally to end the year. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "How your personal finances can survive a pandemic," 28 Dec. 2020 The digital currency also hovered just below $20,000 in 2017 but never got over the hump and eventually tumbled into a years’ long bear market. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bitcoin Tops $20,000 for First Time," 16 Dec. 2020 By March 11, the S&P 500 had tumbled into a bear market, the fastest 20% decline from record highs in US history. Matt Egan, CNN, "Elite investors accessing Trump briefings is everything that's wrong with the stock market," 15 Oct. 2020 After plunging into a bear market—defined as a drop of at least 20%—a new bull market emerged, one that raced to new highs faster than ever before. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Stocks Surge in Crazy Year for Financial Markets," 1 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of bear market

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bear market

bear entry 1 (one that sells in expectation of a price decline)

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The first known use of bear market was in 1858

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25 Feb 2021

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“Bear market.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bear market

finance : a market (such as a stock market) in which prices are going down

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