Bear market numbers through time

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How Long Does it Take For Stocks to Bottom in a Bear Market?
Posted June 19, 2022 by Ben Carlson

I’ve spent a lot of time here looking back at historical bear markets in terms of length and magnitude.
Maybe it’s just reassuring to know bear markets do come to an end even if you don’t know when it will be.
This is every bear market since WWII along with the number of months they lasted peak-to-trough and then how long it took to make your money back from the bottom:

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In you were fully invested in 1928, you didn’t make your money back till 1945.

t.

In you were fully invested in 1928, you didn’t make your money back till 1945.

Assuming what? That you owned only the DOW 30 stocks and never sold?

Mike

In you were fully invested in 1928, you didn’t make your money back till 1945.

Assuming what?

Assuming that portfolio unrealized gains are money which they are not. They only become money when you sell and pay your taxes and expenses.

The hidden supposition is that the portfolio was bought at the top of the bubble. That, indeed, would be painful. The real pain caused by the 1928 crash were the margin calls which bankrupted lots of speculators. Debt can easily cause chain reactions as also happened in 2007-8.

The Captain

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