An Analysis of Secular Bear Markets and
Secular Bull Markets
From a historical perspective since 1900 there have been 3 Secular Bull Markets and 3 Secular Bear Markets as shown by the tables below of the Dow and S&P 500. As you can see during a Secular Bull Market the Average Annual Return (highlighted in red) is considerably higher than during a Secular Bear Market (highlighted in blue). Thus the long term Buy and Hold strategy that worked well in the 1980's and 1990's for investors may have not worked very well during the Secular Bear Markets of 1906-1921, 1929-1949 and 1966-1982.