Using the S&P 500 as an index, the 1990's experienced only one year of negative returns (and that only -3.1%) with 3 years at over +20%, and another 3 years at over +30%! 1999 ended with a ten-year annualized return of a phenomenal +18.21% Compare that to the following decade, which ended at an annualized -.95%.
Thirty percent+ annual returns seemed mythical for a long time after the 90's, but fret not---2013 saw that level once again, and even with all the miserable returns during the new millenium, the market's 25 year annualized return is above 10%. We'll just ignore what's been happening so far this year... #LongTermBaby
CONGRATULATIONS on completing the 2014 A to Z Challenge,
and thank you, THANK YOU to our illustrious hosts,
most especially to Arlee Bird for dreaming the whole thing up.