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Will this bear market be brutal or benign? Here are 8 lessons from 3 previous bear markets

As the ongoing bear market plays out, ET Wealth looks back on three previous bear markets, of 1994-1999, 2000-2004 and 2008-2010, to offer investors some perspective on the severity of drawdowns and eventual recovery. Investors have to be ready for myriad scenarios.

By Sanket Dhanorkar, ET Bureau |Updated: May 18, 2020, 06.05AM IST
They say you should learn from the past. But no matter what lessons you imbibe, the future is always uncertain and unprecedented, isn't it? Who knew we'll be living through a pandemic and pandemic-induced global recession in 2020? Who knows what the long-term effects of today will be and what tomorrow will bring us? The same uncertainty and risk
up chunk of gains on the way to full recovery. The 1994-99 bear market recovered 96% of its value by Aug 1997, only to sink again. NOTE: The figures pertain to movement of BSE Sensex daily closing values. Intra-day highs and lows not considered, including for peak & bottom days. Only trading days considered for calculating timelines.

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