WARNING: Better grab some Prozac
You Won’t Understand How Badly Our Stock Market Is Doing Until You Look At These Charts
Jul. 18, 2010
It has been a rough decade for the stock market.
After the peak in 2000, the market has basically been down, up, down, up, mostly sideways for the past 12 or so years.
But it has been nowhere near as bad as the market performance in the Great Depression, right?
The legendary Crash of 1929 and the horrific years that followed… THAT market took 20 years to get back to its 1929 high in inflation-adjusted total returns. And it took 56 years to get back to the 1929 high based purely on inflation-adjusted price!
NOTHING could be worse than that, right?
The chart-master, Doug Short, of dshort.com, has put together a remarkable series of charts comparing our latest secular bear market with the secular bear market that started in the summer of 1929.
The most startling of Doug’s findings?
On an inflation-adjusted TOTAL RETURN basis (including dividends), our current bear market is WORSE than the one that followed 1929.