I know you’re probably getting tired of looking at this stuff but I thought these two graphics I put together are interesting.
The first one is a bar chart comparison of this year’s monthly total returns for the S&P 500 Index vs. the long-term average for that month. As you can see, it hasn’t been a very good year so far. June really stunk it up.
The second graphic is the actual numbers from the first graphic but displayed in an easy-to-read format (for all you market junkies).
It’s tough to say what lies ahead for the rest of 2008. All I can say is the first half was a blood bath, especially for the financial sector.