The first widely described 'bull' and 'bear' market: The 1700s' South Sea Bubble : The Indicator from Planet Money Have you ever wondered where the terms 'bull' and 'bear' markets originated from? Today on the show, we're journeying back to the 1700s to find out how a particular financial event popularized these animal terms.

Where 'bull market' and 'bear market' come from

Where 'bull market' and 'bear market' come from

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We currently live in a bear market. We used to live in a bull market. Bear, bull, bear, bull... where did these terms even come from?

Today on the show, journey back in time with The Indicator to 1700s London. Spectators are cheering on bulls and bears fighting dogs, and one particular company is drumming up a new scheme.

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