A bear market is a period that is characterized by declining prices in assets, securities stocks. Generally such periods coincide with crises around the world, but also it may happen at any time.
During bearish markets investing in stocks could be problematic because not everyone can thoroughly analyze trends on the market. So this is the time when indices come to aid during a bearish market.
The S&P 500 index
During bearish markets, investing in indices could be a perfect idea for long term purposes. The S&P 500 is one of several leading US stock indexes. It was launched in 1957 and at first, included only 425 companies, but then financial corporations were joined there.
Currently, the Standard and Poor’s 500 includes five hundred large American corporations, and based on their activities, the