The S&P 500 sunk into bear market territory on December 24, 2018. A “bear market” is when stocks see a 20 percent decline or more from a recent high — but they’re also marked by overall pessimism on Wall Street. CNBC’s Jeff Cox breaks down how to maneuver a bear market investing environment.

“Since World War II, bear markets have lasted 13 months on average, and stock markets tend to lose 30.4 percent of their value. During those conditions it usually takes stocks an average 22 months to recover, according to analysis from Goldman Sachs and CNBC.”

“It’s helpful to know what a “bear market” is, because based on history it looks like we could be here for a while.”

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