By JLP | July 21, 2010
This is part 2 of my series on the S&P 500 Index. Today’s graphics show the rolling TOTAL RETURNS for 10, 20, and 30-years. I found these particular charts interesting to look at (maybe it’s my snazzy color choice?). The dates you see at the bottom of each chart, marks the end of the time period.
The 10-year chart is interesting in that the last time we had a negative performance over a 10-year period was all the way back at the end of the 1930s and into the 1940s. It would be interesting to see how national debt as a percentage of GDP matches up between the two eras. I’ll have to see what I can come up with on that.
As you can see from the other two charts, the total returns can vary dramatically but seem to follow a pattern. Once again, this time seems different in that we seem to have a lot more debt going forward than we did in times past.
Here’s to hoping that we aren’t in a prolonged slump.
Next up in this series will be these same numbers minus inflation…