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History demonstrates that hysteria is optional only in a bear market because the market always recovers given enough time. With people's life savings at stake, however, the influence of panic can't be brushed aside. Market conditions in 2008 are unique in that they're far more volatile and seem to inspire the greatest fear factor in the history of the modern market. Moreover, because of extensive global networking and border-transcending fiscal interdependence, initial fluctuations in a single market resonate almost simultaneously world wide.