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Buy-and-Hold: R.I.P.

Well, the fleecing is just about complete now. But wait--it's not over, is it?
February 7, 2009
Off the Charts
A 10-Year Stretch That’s Worse Than It Looks

IN the last 82 years — the history of the Standard & Poor’s 500 — the stock market has been through one Great Depression and numerous recessions. It has experienced bubbles and busts, bull markets and bear markets.

But it has never seen a 10-year stretch as bad as the one that ended last month.

Over the 10 years through January, an investor holding the stocks in the S.& P.’s 500-stock index, and reinvesting the dividends, would have lost about 5.1 percent a year after adjusting for inflation, as is shown in the accompanying chart.

Until now, the worst 10-year period, by that measure, was the period that ended September 1974, with a compound annual decline of 4.3 percent.

...over the 10 years through January, the total losses in nominal dollars from the S.& P. 500, with dividends reinvested, was 23.5 percent. But with inflation added in, the decline was 40.4 percent.

There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey. --John Ruskin
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Exactly the reason in 2000, that I liquidated my stock portfolio and put it to work in undeveloped Real Estate. I was able to sell some off, at a tidy profit during the Housing bubble upside. No regrets, still have my company, and my holdings.
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