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The bear market in U.S. stocks could be a prelude to even tougher times to come: a market swoon has often come hand-in-hand with recession.

Worries that a hawkish Federal Reserve will hurt U.S. growth as it attempts to tame inflation have helped drive the benchmark S&P 500 to a more than 20% decline from its all-time high on Jan. 3, a drop that many analysts define as a bear market.

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