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Not your typical powerful bovine that pulls carts or fights toreadors, a bull in stock market parlance is an investor that is very optimistic about a particular stock, industry, market or economy in general. Bulls tend to behave in a manner that anticipates continued asset price rises, with the intention to buy their favoured asset now and sell later at a higher price. When enough market participants behave in this way, asset prices can indeed be pushed higher, often with a diminishing lack of regard to fundamentals over time. This is known as a bull market – the more investors pile in, the higher prices go and the more detached from fundamentals the market risks becoming.

Bull markets do not last forever. They are inevitably followed by bear markets where the opposite behaviour is evident. Hardly a sign of an efficient market but it happens time and time again…

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