bear market

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Period in which prices of securities or commodities fall by 20 percent or more. During such periods (1) investment interest is generally limited, (2) concerns about the state of the economy abound, and (3) dealers or speculators are more inclined in selling their investment portfolios than to increase their risk by holding. See also bull market.

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Fortunately it was a bear market so prices were at an acceptable level for us to take a position that expected high future returns.
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Sam was concerned about a possible bear market, so he withdrew his savings and closed his accounts, telling his friends to do the same before their investments disappeared.
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I wish I had sold the stock that I had in the company because it suddenly dropped considerably when most stocks in that industry fell during a time of bear market.
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