The newest bear market is in crude oil. The definition of a bear market is when an ‘asset class’ is down more than 20% from its recent high: (Bear Market Rally Definition Investopedia). It has been more than five years since the market fell so hard so fast from its’ high. Two months later, it was even lower. During the past 20 years, the SPX has struggled when oil fell into a bear market!
Oil prices broke to a fresh seven-month low on June 21st, 2017, with WTI Crude Oil dropping to $42 per barrel. The renewed and heightened pessimism over the pace of rebalancing has sunk in as O.P.E.C., is struggling to reduce its’ inventory. U.S. shale continues to grow production. There are large volumes of supply back in the market at the worst possible time!