In casual conversation, we refer to any downward trend in prices as signs of a bear market. Upward trends are signs of a bull market.
Professional investors reserve the term “bear market” for widespread declines of 20% or more over a period of at least two months. If the price drops less than 20%, investors refer to the decline as a correction.
Bear markets last until the stock or cryptocurrency reaches a new high value. Technically, a crypto that regains 99% of its value is still in a bear market until a new high price is established.
Here’s a handy way to remember the difference between bull markets, in which prices rise, and bear markets, in which they fall: Consider the way the animals attack. A bull catches you in its horns and throws you upward. A bear swipes down with its paw to push you to the ground.
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