A long downward trend in a share’s price, a sector’s index, the all-market index or other indicator. Bear trends and bull trends are interrupted by periods of sideways movement. Bear trends are generally shorter than bull trends. Consider the following chart of the JSE Overall index:


JSE Overall Index February 1985 to February 2018 – Chart by ShareFriend Pro

Here you can see the four major bear trends of the past thirty years (since 1985). They were the famous 1987 crash which lasted just six months, the Dot-Com bear trend in 1998, the bear trend which followed the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York (from 2001 to 2003) and the bear trend which followed the sub-prime crisis of 2007/8.

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