Downturn

Definition:

(1) A period of contraction or decline of economic activity, especially real GDP, but typically employment as well. (2) The transition of an economy from growth to contraction, also known as a peak of economic activity.

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Presidential election cycle theory

A theory that stock market trends can be predicted and explained by the four-year presidential election cycle.

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