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Outside the Box: The simple reason the next bear market will be more painful

Bear markets are always painful.

Even if they bring us all cheaper stock prices, it’s never fun to see your savings drop in value.

The enormous crash we saw during the Great Financial Crisis could possibly be the worst one we see in a generation.

But how that bear market felt to you personally has a lot to do with where you were in your investing life cycle. Even though the S&P 500 SPX, -0.42% was down well over 50% from late 2007 through early 2009, your starting balance and saving habits throughout that period have a lot to do with how things looked and felt from a portfolio perspective.

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