Keeping Perspective In An Unreal Environment

Published Friday, July 10, 2020, 7:03 p.m.

The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index surged 1% today on positive news about a coronavirus treatment.

The S&P 500 roughly tracks with the progress of civilization, but progress is unpredictable and hard to see one day at a time.

Here's a snapshot depicting progress from a longer-term perspective: For the five years through June 30, 2020, the S&P 500 was No. 1 among the broadly diversified group of 13 asset classes listed here. Three months after the Covid crisis began, the U.S. stock market topped this long list of securities investments with a total return over the five years of 66.5%.

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This article was written by a veteran financial journalist based on data compiled and analyzed by independent economist, Fritz Meyer. While these are sources we believe to be reliable, the information is not intended to be used as financial advice without consulting a professional about your personal situation.

Indices are unmanaged and not available for direct investment. Investments with higher return potential carry greater risk for loss. Past performance is not an indicator of your future results.

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