A pair of informative tables via Bespoke shows prior bull markets in terms of their length and strength.

The bull market which followed the 1987 crash is the grand winner of all markets, lasting an incredible  4494 calendar days and rising 582%. Thats nearly double the 1949-56 rally, its next closest in both length (2607 days) and strength (267%).


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4 Responses to “Longest and Strongest Bull Markets”

  1. Concerned Neighbour says:

    I’m curious how these tables would look if normalized for inflation. I would expect the current bull to exceed the 82-87 and close in on the 90-97. So the only two bulls exceeding this one (so far) are the post-war reconstruction period and the 87 crash to the Internet bubble, the latter of which is over twice the duration.

    Something tells me (what it could be) that Yellen and co. are going for the crown…

    • GoNavy says:

      We’re talking about equity prices here. An equity, really by definition (you are an owner of cash flows) essentially passes inflation straight through. If dollars are worth less, then more dollars will be coming in; those dollars will be discounted to a current price.

      That is why if you’re afraid of inflation, you don’t want gold (“a shiny yellow metal”) – you want to own equities (ownership of an income producing asset).

  2. MarkKlose says:

    Two of the periods listed fall within the same time spans of two others: the 10/11/90 to 10/07/97 is completely covered by 12/04/87 to 03/24/00. And the same is true of 03/11/03 to 10/09/07 being encapsulated by 07/23/02 to 10/09/07.

  3. [...] U.S. bull market is five-years old: This is true. It has been five years since the March 2009 lows, and this bull now is five-years old. It is longer than the median market cycle of 3.6 years. But there is no law that says that bull markets end after five years. Others have lasted longer (see this and this). [...]