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With U.S. stocks entering their near-record 8th year of gains and the current business cycle getting a bit “long in the tooth,” the stock market’s bears are starting to growl. A variety of negative or bearish press has started to circulate, and many analysts are cautiously optimistic. The general idea is “not if, but when” concerning a recession and drop in equity prices.

But Fidelity throws a bit of cold water on the market’s bears.

A new report from the investment manager shows that the bear market needs a few key ingredients to get going. And so far, those forces have been absent from taking shape. With that, investors may not have to fear the bear’s growl for quite some time.

Click here to learn how to prepare for a bear market without selling everything.

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