The Bull Market Is 10 Years Old. A Look Back at the Biggest Moments


The bull market with the longest track record turned ten on March 9, 2019. The run began after a low on March 9, 2009, after the economic crisis. The S&P 500 closing price was 676.53 then, and after ten years, it was 2,919.40. This was a 330% rise in ten years. It was a large-cap stock index.

Main Points

  • The ongoing bull marketplace began its rise in March 2009, and it’s the longest-running one.
  • It’s overtaken the 1990s bull marketplace, which went on for 113 months.
  • The bull marketplace at the moment saw a 330% S&P rise in over ten years and comes in second to the 90s run that had a yield of 417%

The map here shows some of the happenings that moved the S&P 500 move in one way or another while this went on.

2009 Bull Market vs. History

This newest long-running market beat the one from the nineties that began in October 1990 and went on until it reached 113 months. The 2009 bull run went on for 127 months. Just one other went on for so long – over seven years, and it was after WWII, or 1949 to be more precise.

The 2009 run had the longest streak in terms of returns, and it is still 2nd in those terms. It ended up with 330% returns ever since the low in March 2009. The bull marketplace in the 90s had an S&P 500 417% yield for the whole of its 9.5 years.

The run that happened after the Great Depression came close to the newest one because it lasted 57 months after starting in June 1932 and with a 325% gain during that period.

Huge Moments of This Bull Market

Many of the largest and most shocking declines in this new bull marketplace are largely due to investors’ increasing uncertainty. That encompasses the anxieties about the European sovereign debt crisis of 2011.5. This also encompasses the newest financial collapse in the Q4 of 2018. Most of this large decline was triggered by fears of a global economic recession, a trade war between the US and China, and growing interest rates in the States.

Many price declines have been caused by outstanding conditions, like the 2010 ‘flash crash’ and the early 2018 ‘Volmageddon’ volatility eruption. Also notable in this map was the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum in the middle of 2016 (in which a big part of the United Kingdom population voted to exit the European Union) reported only as a comparatively small and short-lived blip on the USA marketplaces. Finally, when the Federal Reserve started to heighten interest rates during the end of 2016, and in 2017, the stock marketplace stepped forward and continued to rise.

What Now?

Will this rise of ten years go on? Bull marketplaces will end with recessions, and even though there are obstacles during that time, the stock marketplace succeeded in recovering every time. Risky moments will always be present in the marketplace.

The end of 2018 was a serious show of this. But we believe this bull market will continue its rise, even though it has been going on for such a long time. Economists are still noticing this economy growing and do not see a recession coming. Unemployment is still falling, and the newest corporate tax cuts are assisting in keeping spending elevated.