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Slowly At First... Then All At Once

• https://www.zerohedge.com by Lance Roberts

My recent discussion on why March 2020 was a "correction" and not a "bear market" sparked much debate over the somewhat arbitrary 20% rule.

"Price is nothing more than a reflection of the 'psychology' of market participants. A potential mistake in evaluating 'bull' or 'bear' markets is using a '20% advance or decline' to distinguish between them."

Wall Street loves to label stuff.  When markets are rising, it's a "bull market." Conversely, falling prices are a "bear market." 

Interestingly, while there are some "rules of thumb" for falling prices such as:

A "correction" gets defined as a decline of more than 10% in the market.

A "bear market" is a decline of more than 20%.

There are no such definitions for rising prices. Instead, rising prices are always "bullish."

It's all a bit arbitrary and rather pointless.

The Reason We Invest

It is essential to understand what a "bull" or "bear" market is as investors.

"bull market" is when prices are generally rising over an extended period.

"bear market" is when prices are generally falling over an extended period.

Here is another significant definition for you.


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