Recoup losses sooner than you think...

From the NY Times article by Mark Hulbert is editor of The Hulbert Financial Digest

"Historical stock charts seem to show that it took more than 25 years for the market to recover from the 1929 crash — a dismal statistic that has been brought to investors’ attention many times in the current downturn."

"But a careful analysis of the record shows that the picture is more complex and, ultimately, far less daunting: An investor who invested a lump sum in the average stock at the market’s 1929 high would have been back to a break-even by late 1936 — less than four and a half years after the mid-1932 market low."

"Three factors have obscured this truth from investors: deflation, dividends and the distinction between the Dow Jones industrial average and the overall stock market."

"The Great Depression was a deflationary period. And because the Consumer Price Index in late 1936 was more than 18 percent lower than it was in the fall of 1929, stating market returns without accounting for deflation exaggerates the decline."

"When the Dow hit a low of 41.22 on July 8, 1932, for example, the dividend yield of the overall stock market was close to 14 percent, according to data compiled by Robert J. Shiller, the Yale economics professor."

The Dow vs. the Market
"Many researchers consider the overall market — defined as the combined value of all publicly traded stocks — as the best gauge of a typical investor’s experience. The Dow is made up of just 30 stocks, which are weighted in the index according to their price rather than their relative market capitalization."

"So when did the overall stock market really make it back to its pre-crash peak? Just four years and five months after its mid-1932 low, according to data provided to Sunday Business by Ibbotson Associates, a division of Morningstar."

"That seems remarkably fast, given that the stock market lost more than 80 percent of its value from its 1929 high to its mid-1932 low. But the quick recovery of the 1930s is consistent with the typical experience after other bear markets in the United States."

"...according to a Hulbert Financial Digest study of down markets since 1900, the average recovery time is just over two years, when factors like inflation and dividends are taken into account. The longest was the recovery from the December 1974 low; it took more than eight years for the market to return to its previous peak, which was reached in late 1972.

None of this, of course, guarantees that stocks will have a quick recovery from the market decline that began in October 2007. But it suggests that the historical record isn’t as bleak as it looks."

Visible investing principals show that by reinvesting dividends and continuing to dollar cost average during market downturns further decreases the time it takes to recoup your losses.
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