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May 29, 2020, 2:15 p.m. EDT

Are short bear markets followed by long bull markets?

The February-March bear market was the shortest in U.S. history

By Mark Hulbert, MarketWatch

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It’s now official: The February-March bear market was the shortest in U.S. stock market history. What does that mean for the current bull market?

You may think it old news that that bear market ended in March after lasting just over a month, since the rally since the March lows long ago surpassed the 20% threshold that many use to define a bull market. But over the years I have consistently relied on the bull-bear calendar maintained by Ned Davis Research, and only this week did the firm declare that we’re in a new bull market.

Mark Hulbert is a regular contributor to MarketWatch. His Hulbert Ratings tracks investment newsletters that pay a flat fee to be audited. He can be reached at mark@hulbertratings.com

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