The S&P 500 Real Earnings for growth by year have generally been accepted to average out to 10 % over a long period of time, usually 10 years, but how many times has the index actually been in a 2% range of this so-called conservative average? The data shows that since 1989 it has been between this 8% to 12% range 5 out of 30 times. Meaning that the market is on average between the 8% to 12% range, 17% of the time for the last 30 years. The market spent 83% of the time outside the range. In the 30-year period, the range of returns went from a maximum of 261.66%(Dec 2009) and a minimum return of — 79.48%(Dec 2008). The fact that these two figures are a year apart is not a coincidence. It is because these figures were reported by the financial media during ‘The Great Recession’ which is known as the ‘2008 Global Financial Crisis’.

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For the most part, I have kept my investing side private. I made this choice because over the last two years of investing and trading (mostly forex speculation of which I do not do anymore) there is one thing my partner “Mr. Market” has taught me about the Capital Markets and the Money markets, do not be fooled that you know everything about the market, it always changing and ready to take your money no questions asked. But there is no denying I love playing this game. There is something strangely arousing about skimming through hundreds of pages of annual reports and proxy statements looking for deep value in the so-called “efficient market” just to prove those academics wrong.

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