A look at what happens when stocks enter a bear market

Posted at 9:11 AM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 09:11:33-04

Wall Street's staggering skid that began less than three weeks ago has pulled the Dow Jones Industrial Average into what's known as a bear market.

After a string of sharp losses, the Dow has now fallen more than 20% from recent high last month.

The S&P 500, the index most investors pay attention to, moved within striking distance of its own bear market Wednesday, as did the Nasdaq.

Both indexes are in a correction, down at least 10% from their most recent all-time highs.

The biggest factor in the market's decline has been the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.