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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Historical Market Downturns and Recoveries

From 1926-1999 the U.S. stock market has seen several downturns and recoveries of varying length. During the Great Depression stocks lost 80% of their value and it took 12 years to recover. Often these downturns are preceeded by high returns, but you cannot predict a downturn.

Downturn Recovery
Period Length Amount Period Length
09/29-06/32 34 months -83.4% 07/32-1/45 151 months
06/46-04/47 11 months -21.0% 05/47-10/49 30 months
08/56-02/57 7 months -10.2% 03/57-7/57 5 months
08/57-12/57 5 months -15.0% 01/58-07/58 7 months
01/62-06/62 6 months -22.3% 07/62-04/63 10 months
02/66-09/66 8 months -15.6% 10/66-03/67 6 months
12/68-06/70 19 months -29.3% 07/70-03/71 9 months
01/73-09/74 21 months -42.6% 10/74-06/76 21 months
01/77-02/78 14 months -14.1% 03/78-07/78 5 months
12/80-07/82 20 months -16.9% 08/82-10/82 3 months
09/87-11/87 3 months -29.5% 12/87-05/89 18 months
06/90-10/90 5 months -14.7% 11/90-02/91 4 months
07/98-08/98 2 months -15.4% 09/98-11/98 3 months


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