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Bear Market

A market where prices are declining. A bear market is a condition for a particular financial market that involves consistent losses. This works in that a large amount of pessimism and concern about the declining prices in the market will cause it to continue to go into a downward trend for a while. This is a type of market that can generally last at least three months or longer. An example of a bear market was the stock market of 2008 when the global recession was beginning.

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