Weekend Reading: Your Guide to Bear Markets in Stocks, Cryptocurrencies and, Soon, Housing

The S&P 500 index plunged 23.6% from its closing high on January 4 to June 16. The damage has been extensive: On June 16, 97% of stocks in the benchmark were down, with more than a third down at least 5%. .

A bear market is not fun to look forward to, but the US stock market DJIA,
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it has always bounced back from this kind of decline. From a closing record at that time on February 19, 2020, the S&P SPX,
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crashed 34% through March 23, 2020, but by August 18, 2020, new records were set as investor fears were allayed by monetary and fiscal stimulus to combat COVID-19. This time, investors may have to wait longer due to uncertainty over whether the Federal Reserve’s policy measures to combat inflation will lead to a recession.

Mark Hulbert looks at the history of bear markets since 1990, and one of his conclusions may surprise you in a good way.

More from Hulbert on this bear market:

Tips for navigating the bear market

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Michael Sincere talks to a 70-year-old investor who shares four strategies he’s used to get through bear markets.

Isabel Wang shares advice from two strategists on what investors should do during a bear market.

Lawrence McMillan warns option traders not to be fooled by bear market rallies.

Michael Brush chimes in with seven reasons why the beleaguered biotech sector is now a ‘buy’.

For investors concerned about their retirement accounts, Brett Arends shares the lessons learned through countless financial crises over the past 25 years.

A cooling real estate market

Interest rates on home loans have nearly doubled this year. Quentin Fottrell explains the effects on homebuyers and talks with industry experts about how the housing market is likely to change.

Aarthi Swaminathan delves into the areas of Utah that grew as new residents fled pricier housing markets. This is what those markets look like now…

More housing coverage:

The crypto bears

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This chart shows this year’s declines for bitcoin BTCUSD,
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Ethereum Ethe,
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and Coinbase CURRENCY,
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the crypto exchange that this week said it would cut 18% of its workforce.

A brutal side effect of the cryptocurrency price crash was the action of Celsius Networks, a cryptocurrency lender, to stop withdrawals from account holders who had made cash deposits. Here is a look at the related issues spreading through the crypto industry.

Frances Yue delves into the metrics of the virtual currency crisis in this week’s edition of her Distributed Ledger column.

More coverage of the fallout from the bitcoin slide:

Inflation and the Federal Reserve

On June 15, the Federal Reserve raised the target range for the fed funds rate by 0.75% to a target range of 1.5% to 1.75%, as part of an effort to cool inflation. This was the largest increase in the fed funds rate in three decades.

Greg Robb shares four takeaways from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s press conference that followed the central bank’s policy announcement.

Rex Nutting believes that the Fed’s analysis of the economy is wrong and that the economy is already slowing.

Andrew Keshner shares three financial moves that can help you through a period of rising interest rates.

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Inflation and retirement

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Pride, politics and money.

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An easy way for companies to celebrate their virtues is to participate in Pride Month. But some of the same companies patting each other on the back have been slippery, helping finance the campaigns of politicians who have supported anti-LGBTQ legislation, as Ciara Linnane reports.

Another problem in a world of scarce supplies

Cargo thieves loaded during the pandemic. These are the items they most like to steal, as Claudia Assis explains.

The “Great Resignation” may be over

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The vendor job market may be coming to an end for US tech companies as investment money dries up, reports Jon Swartz.

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