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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Why bulls and bears?

Question for anyone who might know: Why are bulls and bears the animal metaphors for the financial markets and why is an up market "bull" and a down market "bad"? My father was an over-the-counter stock trader and I had a t-shirt showing a bull beating up a bear, but I never thought to ask.

A colleague says it is because a fighting bull gores up when it is winning, while a fighting bear swipes down when it is winning.

Looking for other theories.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on July 16, 2020 at 07:18 PM in Howard Wasserman | Permalink

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Bulls attack upwards, bears swipe downards.

Posted by: Raul Ruiz | Jul 16, 2020 7:57:52 PM

Google is helpful here:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/the-origins-of-the-bear-and-bull-in-the-stock-market

Posted by: Asher Steinberg | Jul 16, 2020 7:35:18 PM

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