2017 Stock Market Year in Review (and Charts!)
Another year in the books! Here are some of the highlights:
S&P 500 Index Performance in 2017
U.S. stocks outperformed much of the developed world in 2017. I believe it is the 15th best year in the index’s history when including dividends.
S&P 500 performance (not including dividends) – 17.74%
S&P 500 performance (Including Dividends Re-Invested)- 21.83%
Range of the S&P 500 during the year: Low: 2,245.13, High: 2,694.97
Top 5 performers in the S&P 500 for 2017:
Weekend Reading – 10/19/14
Here are some articles that caught my attention over the last couple of weeks. Topics include: How to spend $208 billion, why equity investors deserve a higher return, why you should have a beer tonight, and more [continue reading…]
Chart of the Week: Market Declines Can Be a Huge Benefit for Long Term Investors
This week we are looking into the idea of stock market sell offs being a GOOD thing.
Earlier this week we looked at a quote from Jason Zweig from his commentary in Ben Graham’s Intelligent Investor, about a hypothetical financial news channel that would report market crashes as a good thing.
But why would anyone actually cheer for market sell offs? Doesn’t anyone who owns stocks want them to go up?
Here is why those of you with decades left to invest should be getting on your knees and praying for cheaper shares. [continue reading…]
Another Quarter of Underperformance by Wall Street’s “Best and Brightest”
Investors saw 2013 start out with a bang with another phenomenal quarter of stock market returns. The S&P 500 index continued its historic run and returned 10% to investors. However those managing the billions of dollars in hedge funds were likely not so pleased by their first quarter results. Click to See Why