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Chart Of The Lost Decade In The Stock Market

Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 4:52 AM
It's actually more than a lost decade. This chart at Calculated Risk blog shows that the S&P 500 closing price on Friday matched the closing price in April 1999, over 13 years ago. It should be noted that the chart doesn't take into account dividends.
Ken TuminKen Tumin5,471 posts since
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1. Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 1:13 PM
The charts in the above blog post are based on price only. But what about dividends? Would the inclusion of dividends make a significant difference? Here is a chart showing S&P 500 total returns since the 2000 high as of the market close on 6/29/2012. Total return, including reinvested dividends, looks better, but it does not significantly change the trend.

Three U.S. Indexes Since 2000
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