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A Quick Review of the S&P 500 2008 Monthly Total Returns

By JLP | September 29, 2008

Here’s a quick review of the monthly total returns for the S&P 500 Index through the September 29th close:

I’m thinking we’re going to want forget about this year!

I’ll update the Dow’s numbers tomorrow for those who are interested.

Topics: Investing, Miscellaneous | 7 Comments »

7 Responses to “A Quick Review of the S&P 500 2008 Monthly Total Returns”

  1. Gerard Says:
    September 29th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    I’m quite happy to remember this year! Just finished up with uni and buying stocks this cheap is sweet, so sweet!

  2. john Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 12:53 am

    i’ve been in cash for a long time.

  3. Cheng Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Don’t do the Dow’s numbers. We don’t want to perpetuate the notion that the Dow is representative.

  4. Chief Family Officer Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 7:36 am

    This is one of those times when I think ignorance is bliss – at least for me. All of my investments are on automatic, so I actually try not to follow the news and especially stock market trends, lest I panic and think investing is a bad idea. I certainly couldn’t bring myself to put more money into the market right now. But I also believe that when I’m retiring 20+ years from now, this will have simply been a (big) bump in the road. It’s just easier not to think about it too much!

  5. Steve Heath Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 8:15 am

    I’ll just remember April, May and August and forget the rest :)

  6. Double232 Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 10:44 am

    We’ll see what you all are saying next year after another 22% drop…

  7. Cheaplee Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    The statistics may be frightening, but it just shows you how important looking at a volatility indicator, like the VIX, can be as a determinate of getting out of the market.

    Simply put, stocks fall 3 to 4 times faster than rise. So when they move downward faster, their volatility goes up. Hence when the VIX rises, the stock market falls.

    When the VIX rises past a certain amount, I get out! Simple and straightforward. Consider this as a tool for your investment arsenal.

    -Lee at