Definition of Downtrend
What does the term "downtrend" mean in the world of investing? What is meant by a "downtrend"?
In investing, a "downtrend" occurs when the value of an asset (stock, real estate, gold, etc) declines over a period of time.
For instance - let's say that Microsoft ends the year at $40.50. Over the next 12 months, shares of Microsoft slowly decline to $33 per share.
Shares of Microsoft are said to be in a "downtrend" as they have slowly moved in one direction (down) over a sustained period of time.
The opposite of a downtrend, obviously, is an uptrend. If shares of Microsoft had slowly moved higher instead of lower, they would have been in an "uptrend".
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