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Bulls, Bears, and Long-Term Benefits of Stock Investing

 

Stock returns are volatile, but nearly a century of bull and bear markets shows that the good times have outshined the bad times.

  • From 1926 through March 31, 2020, the S&P 500 Index experienced 17 bear markets or a fall of at least 20% from a previous peak. The declines ranged from —21% to —80% across an average length of around 10 months.
  • On the upside, there were 17 bull markets or gains of at least 20% from a previous trough. They averaged 56 months in length, and advances ranged from 21% to 936%.
  • When the bull and bear markets are viewed together, it’s clear equities have rewarded disciplined investors.


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Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. Investing involves risk and possible loss of principal capital.
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