bear market


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

Examples of bear market in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After suffering through a brutal bear market in 2022, investors who stuck to their guns and held onto stocks saw their payoff last year. Will Daniel, Fortune, 14 Mar. 2024 In 2011 2011 was another year with a bear market decline (-19.4%). Wes Moss, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 The prior bear market reached its bottom the following day. Krystal Hur, CNN, 15 Mar. 2024 The prolonged bear market in Japanese equities post-1990, as covered in a 2000 report published by the International Monetary Fund, provides a stark example of anchoring bias in action. Dan Irvine, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 The high-profile exchange collapses in 2022 of firms like FTX, Celsius, BlockFi, Genesis, came during a bear market that was set off by irresponsible lending and other improprieties that seem to have dissipated. Javier Paz, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Munger racked up strong returns in the fund, but, like most investors, he was hit hard in the deep bear market of 1973-74, amid the first Arab oil embargo. Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2023 The stock market has shown strong performance since January 2019 (excepting the bear market of 2022), with the S&P 500 more than doubling during that time. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 7 Feb. 2024 The bear market in tech stocks is likely to return in 2024, with the Nasdaq index set to hit a new multiyear low. Edward Chancellor, WIRED, 12 Jan. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bear market was in 1858

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“Bear market.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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