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Welcome to the Flossary Beta, Paul. You're off to a great start.

I added article template styles and a few term links to your posting. I hope you don't mind.

Say on the Great Depression. Are you sure the bear market goes all the way to 1944?

As I recall Roosevelt came in in 1933 and undertook his various reconstruction programs which did work and got the recovery started.

But then in '36 he cut back. So there was a mini recession, that they say lasted until war production put everybody to work again.

Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. The country mobilized in 1942. They installed rationing (and sold war bonds like crazy) to keep inflation from driving up prices from greater availability of cash and shortage of consumer goods to buy. But I would think the market would respond positively sooner than 1944. Of course, the prospects for end of the war after D-day in '44 probably made investors more confident.

So it seems difficult to generalize with a term like bear market for that long--unless you intend a broad overview kind of statement.
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