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Ten Years, Tremendous Gains

Ten Years, Tremendous Gains

A look at where stocks were in 2009 and how they have performed since.

Provided by Bryan J. Staniszewski, CPA/PFS, CFP®, AIF®, MBA

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™

Where were you on March 9, 2009? Do you remember the headwinds hitting Wall Street then? When the closing bell rang at the New York Stock Exchange that Monday afternoon, it marked the end of another down day for equities. Just hours earlier, the Wall Street Journal had asked: “How Low Can Stocks Go?”1

The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index answered that question by sinking to 676.53, even with mergers and acquisitions making headlines. The index was under 700 for the first time since 1996. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled to a closing low of 6,547.05.2

To quote Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” It was the bottom of the bear market – and it was also the best time, in a generation, to buy stocks.2  

The next day, a rally began. Buoyed by news of one major bank announcing a return to profitability and another stating it would refrain from further government bailouts, the Dow rose 597 points for the week ending on March 16, 2009. On March 26, the Dow settled at 7,924.56, more than 20% above its March 9 settlement. The bull market was back.3   

This bull market would make all kinds of history. In fact, it would become the longest bull market in history – at least by one measure.2

While the last 10-plus years have seen some big ups and downs for the benchmark S&P 500, the index has never closed more than 20% below a recent peak in that span, meaning the current bull market is more than 10 years old.2 

Ten years later (at the close on Friday, March 8, 2019), the S&P 500 had risen 305.5% from that low. The Dow had gained 288.7%.2

How about the Nasdaq Composite? 483.94%. (As you look at these impressive numbers, remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results.)4,5

Those gains did not come without turbulence, and stocks in no way turned into a “sure thing.” The risk inherent in the market is still substantial along with the potential for loss. The lesson this long bull market has taught is simply that the bad times in the stock market are worth enduring. Good times may replace those bad times more swiftly than anyone can anticipate.

Bryan J. Staniszewski, CPA/PFS, CFP®, AIF®, MBA

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ may be reached at716-856-3300 or bstaniszewski@lumsdenpca.com

www.fslumsden.com


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This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note - investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.

Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp., Member FINRA, SIPC.  Investment Advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc. 

Citations.

1 - forbes.com/2010/03/06/march-bear-market-low-personal-finance-march-2009.html [3/6/10]

2 - thestreet.com/investing/stocks/bull-market-10th-anniversary-14891697 [3/10/19]

3 - tinyurl.com/yyhbtfw8 [4/2/19]

4 - bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=03%2F09%2F2009&x=0&y=0 [4/2/19]

5 - bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=3%2F08%2F19&x=0&y=0 [4/2/19]

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Bryan joined Lumsden & McCormick Financial Services in 2012 with over 15 years of experience in investment services. Bryan delivers custom, holistic solutions that fit an individual’s entire financial situation, understanding the importance of cash flow, the role of taxes, wealth preservation, and how legacy building and overall wealth goals factor into the creation of a comprehensive wealth plan.

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