How long does it take to recover from a bear market?

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Bear market recoveries often take considerable time, since the market has to recover, then heal, before rebounding. An exception is the recent rise of the S&P 500 by 69% from March 2009 to March 2010 during the Great Recession. By March 2011, prices had nearly doubled from their low, the fastest recovery from a bear market in the last 90 years. A drop of 16% in mid-2010 and 19% in mid-2011 led many to doubt the markets recovery and to miss the considerable upside that followed.
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