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Worst Decade Ever

I have been a bit against the grain with my view that allocations towards equities have been too high in many retirement portfolios, but it seems like the Wall Street Journal is jumping on board with today’s article stating that the first decade of the new century will most likely be the worst decade of stock returns ever.

A -.51% return per year is the worst decade of returns ever

A -.51% return per year is the worst decade of returns ever

Two market crashes in a decade and a hangover from loose monetary policy have been hard on stocks.  The sad reality is that even though the first decade of the 3rd millennium was a miserable showing, most agree that the outlook for US economic growth, earnings growth, and subsequent equity returns does not currently look very hopeful for the second decade either.  Let us hope that some phenomenal energy innovations or genetic engineering pull the US out of its slump.

The S&P 500 Total Return makes a sad looking chart...

The S&P 500 Total Return makes a sad looking chart...

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