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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Large Cap Stock Market Returns

1920-1929: Black Thursday, October 24, 1929 marks the beginning of the Depression. The market had shown signs earlier in the year of weakness.

1930-1939: By the summer of 1932 the stock market had lost 86% of its market capitalization

1940-1949: After WWII the U.S. is the only economic superpower and begins the shift from war-time economy to peace-time.

1950-1959: Time of steady, sustained growth.

1960-1969: Early in the 1960s a tax cut had spurred growth , but the financing of the Vietnam War and the Great Society set up stagflation of the 1970s.

1970-1979: Double-digit inflation, stagnant economy, high interest rates, high oil prices all of which went a long way to bring about the demise of the U.S. manufacturing sector.

1980-1989: October 19, 1987 stocks fell by more than 20%, but it regained those losses by 1989.

1990-1999: 1995-1999 marked the only time the market had returned more than 20% for five straight years.

The early 2000s have not ended, but factors like Septmember 11, 2001, the market downturn of March 2000, the War on Terror and the accounting scandals will probably dominate this era.

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