Anatomy of the bear: Lessons from Wall Street's Four Great Bottoms
We are in a once in a lifetime bear market. Since 1825 this is the only second time market has fallen so much. You can look at it as a big problem or big opportunity. If you hold your nerves and preserve capital, you may have one of the biggest booms coming few years down the line.
The 8 % drop in 1932 does not show you the drama behind the move. The market dropped 57% before recovering complete move. Everyone talks about the 1932 drop of 43%, but no one talks about the 33% plus gains in 1933, 1935 and 1936. It is human nature to focus on bearish periods and misery.