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Bear Market: What Is It? (UPDATED)


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Everyone who has been in the field of stocks and market knows that in investing everything that goes up comes down. After all, the bull market can never last forever and what goes up is expected to descend. So, it becomes very essential for the investors to understand how important it is to learn to investing in different environments, like a bear market. But before diving into the world of a bear market it is necessary to consider the complexity of it.

What is the bear market?

A bear market is a period when the broader stock market declines by a significant amount. And while the name might seem scary, a decline in the broader stock market is common in the world of investing. Investors analyse this downfall in the economy by calculating the percentage decrease in various stock indexes Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500).

The term bear market most often represents an unfavorable market condition but may also apply to other securities which include commodities and bonds.  The period during which the market faces downfall is known as “the duration”. Historically the length of duration can vary from three months to a few years, but the maximum length of the bear market is more than a year or less than two years.

During this time most investors tend to rely on two fundamental values. Firstly, most professional investors know that bear market is the terrible time to sell their stocks and secondly they know that this time is a perfect time for value investors to invest in long term investment plans as it provides a chance for long term returns to grow.A bear market is usually associated with investor pessimism towards the future of the economy, corporate profits and stock prices. Sometimes a bear market might be a precursor to a recession. In general, a bear market can lead to a decline in the price of shares that you already hold dramatically. This downturn may occur abruptly or gradually over time, but the outcome will be the same that is the value of your portfolio securities will decrease.

How many types of bear markets are there?

Generally, there are two types of bear market.


66 Minor corrections bear market:

A correction is when the broader stock market such as the S&P500 index declines 10% from its peal point. This change in the market is common and is typically several times per year. Corrections bear market can occur because of the various reasons such as a negative economic report or poor earnings guidance published by a high-profile company.

6. Minor corrections bear market:

55 Full-fledged bear market:

A full-fledged bear market occurs when there is a more significant decline in the market. It happened when the S&P500 declines 20% or more from its recent highs. However, this type of bear market generally occurs infrequently for example from 2000 to 2013 the S&P 500 experienced two bear markets.

Tips and strategies to invest in a bear market:

Nobody wants a bear market, so if you are during declining stock markets, certain tactics can be used.

5. Full-fledged bear market:

44 Look for good stocks and dividends

As an investor, there is no need to hide in a cave when the market is down. Bear markets give investors unlimited opportunities to grow, the key is to decide what you want. The stocks of both successful and unsuccessful companies in a bear market stock continue to decline. Nevertheless, bad stocks continue to stay, while good stocks are recovered and result in great profit after some time. You need to find stocks that will pay off when the bull makes it return. And for this, you will need to look for stocks with which offer low prices, small-cap stock bonds, dividend-paying stocks and currency of developed countries.

A dividend comes from the net income of a company, and the price of the stock comes influenced by the purchasing and selling of the shares. If the price falls then the selling still ensures that the business still makes a profit and still pays a pay-out, it is a decent opportunity to purchase dividend income for those after it.

Defensive or non-cyclic stocks are investments that typically perform better during hard times than the overall market. Such portfolio types produce a steady dividend and stable profit, independent of the general market situation. The defense industries are examples of companies that manufacture household non-sustainability – such as toothpaste, shampoo, and cream shaving because the people would use such products in difficult times.

4. Look for good stocks and dividends

33 Keep a check on dollar-cost averaging:

During the economic recession, the most important thing to remember is that bad times are common for the stock market. If you have been a long-terminvestor, then the best option is to go for Dollar costs averaging (DCA). But keep I mind that by long term I mean the time span of around ten to fifteen years. Through buying shares, whatever the price, if the economy is down, you finally purchase stock at a very small price. Your expense will “balance out” in the long term, which ensures that the share prices will rise more efficiently.

3. Keep a check on dollar-cost averaging:

22 Keep calm:

Investors should always focus on their emotions. It is important to isolate your emotional self from your decision-making self. It is important to keep in mind that what seems the best investment option can shatter your dreams of earning hefty amounts of money from your investments. Recall that fear is an emotion that can distort a situation’s sound decision. Keep calm and go with the flow. Keep in mind that the bears dominate, and the bulls don’t have a chance during a bear market.

There’s an ancient saying that playing dead on a bear market is the safest option because It’d be very risky to retaliate. You’ll stop you from being a bear’s lunch by remaining cool and not making abrupt movements. To play dead in financial terms means that a greater part of the portfolio will be invested in money market bonds, such as bonds, deposit certificates,treasury bills, and other high funds investment options.

2. Keep calm:

11 Expand your portfolio:

The aim of diversification is to have a percentage of the portfolio spread through securities, shares, cash and other options. The way you distribute your money depends on your time, flexibility and goals.   The condition of each investor is different. A good asset management plan would allow you to ensure that all eggs are not put in the same basket.

Take advantage of the declining rates of stocks. Short selling is one chance of doing so, buy borrowing shares in a company or ETF and selling them and hoping to buy them back at a lower price.Put options are another alternative to earn interest as costs drop and to promise a fixed price for the sale of a security, to essentially set up a guarantee.    In your trading portfolio, you would need to be able to buy puts for exchange options.

Investors do have the potential to gain from falling economy indexes, such as the Nasdaq 100.  For example, Inverse Exchange-traded funds (ETFs). When the key indexes decline, the funds increase, helping you to take advantage of the rest of the economy. This can easily be purchased from your trading account, unlike short sales or puts.


It might be a terrifying prospect to invest in a bear market, particularly if you are new to it. And obviously, in over 10 years, we didn’t have a bear market, and it’s for many a new idea. But with the right approach, perfect balance and right strategy anyone can stand a bear market.


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