This interactive chart looks at a Century of economic cycles and the US stock market performance during this period. It highlights that stock markets incorporate news (positive and negative) into the prices of stocks. However, markets are forward-looking and price in the collective expectation of investors. In nearly every instance, the recession lasted much longer than the duration of the market downturn. Indicating that by the time “recession” was identified, the worst had already been factored into the market prices. As such markets reward long-term investors and despite all the cycles and downturns the overall trajectory of the markets is a climb upward!
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