Thursday, March 17, 2011

Behold- the BIG Picture of the U.S. Stock Market!

Check this out:

It's the BIG picture of the U.S. Stock market - everything from 1925 to today!

The image is courtesy of  http://www.investmentsillustrated.com/pages/print/ and it's zoom-able on their site.

Some observations:

  • The stock market really does go up over time! ;-)
  • 93% of the time, the market is up over any given 10-yr period - 100% of the time over 15-years.
  • An investment of $1 invested continuously for 30 years (1981-2010) would be worth $21.13, while that same $1 invested using market timing would be worth only $9.06 if you missed the best year in each of the 10-year segments!
  • The best year for international stocks is 25% higher than the best year for U.S. Stocks, while the worst years differ only by 3%.
  • $1 invested in 1926 in U.S. stock would be worth $2,829 in 2011.

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