bear market

A period of declining market prices. Chicago Board of Trade glossary
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When prices are declining, the market is said to be a "bear market"; individuals who anticipate lower prices are "bears." Situations believed to bring with them lower prices are considered "bearish." The CENTER ONLINE Futures Glossary
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Any market in which prices exhibit a declining trend. For a prolonged period, usually falling by 20% or more. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary
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A market in which prices are declining. Chicago Mercantile Exchange Glossary
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A prolonged period of generally falling prices. Exchange Handbook Glossary
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This is when there is a widespread decline in security prices. Bears believe that share prices will fall. They sell securities which they do not at present own, in the hope that they can buy them at a lower price later once the price has fallen

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   A market in which prices have been falling for a prolonged period. Opposite of a bull market.
   ► See also Bull Market.

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bear market UK US noun [C] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
a period during which prices in a financial market are going down and a lot of people are selling shares: »

While other bankers had their bonuses slashed during the recent bear market, bond traders continued to earn large payouts.

Compare BULL MARKET(Cf. ↑bull market)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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