Sunday, September 11, 2011

S and P 500: The Lost Decade

We're now over eleven years beyond the S&P 500 2000 high. This little charting exercise gives credence to the frequent reference to a "lost decade" for investors. In nominal terms, the index is about 6.8 percent below where it was at the 2000 peak, but in real terms, it's a disappointing 29.5 percent off the original investment. The chart also offers support for the wisdom of diversification across asset classes ... and perhaps the value of active management during secular bear markets.

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