It has been an understandable side effect resulting from the financial crisis. Bear markets have taken place on a regular basis throughout history. But given the near death experience of capital markets back in 2008, a sense of fear has gripped many investors in the years since. Now, the mere mention of a bear market has for many become synonymous with the idea of a full blown crisis and calls for the end of the world as far as financial markets are concerned. But a bear market does not a crisis make. And the sooner that investors can get back to embracing the bear, the better it will be for capital markets in the long run. For while bear markets just like recessions are not pleasant to endure, they bring not only a healthy balance, but also attractive growth opportunities.
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