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Richard Farr, the chief market strategist at Merion Capital Group, isn’t afraid to rock the boat and declare that US stocks are a sinking ship.

Expect the S&P 500 to plunge 20% to 25% from the all-time high of 4,818 it set in late 2021, wrote Farr and fellow strategist Jim McGovern in an April 6 note. In fact, the pair wrote that the drop “could be much worse” if the historically strong job market starts to weaken.

“We believe this is a bear market with significant downside risk,” Farr and McGovern wrote. “You buy deep dips and sell rallies.”

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