Where Money Was Made, or Not, Since 2009

Everyone knows now that they should have been buying stocks in early 2009. From the nadir in March 2009, the cap-weighted broad market, as measured by the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) has risen 176.4% nominally, without counting dividends. The equally weighted S&P 500 ETF (RSP) did even better with a 257.2% move sans yield.

Near the 2009 low, it seemed like the Great Recession could morph into a second 1930s-style depression. Among the most depressed shares were consumer discretionaries. Companies in these fields made or sold things whose purchase could easily be deferred. Investors figured they would be bad bets when compared with providers of necessary goods and services, such as utility companies and consumer staples....347 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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