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Like a long road trip, the first question about a bear market is: Are we there yet? Given the current recessionary fears, we focused our research on previous bear markets that were accompanied by a recession—which showed that we may only be halfway through today’s bear. But since it’s impossible to truly predict when any bear will end, the real question may be: Do you know where to re-position your capital rather than when to re-deploy it?

*A common criticism of the CAPE is that the past 25 years have seen a step function higher in valuations than the previous 50 years, making recent observations appear artificially elevated. 1995 is considered a regime shift from above-target inflation to at- or below-target inflation. We included the averages of this elevated, post-1995 period in Figure 1 to account for this recent upward bias of the CAPE. 

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