A Tool for Measuring Stocks' Returns

The stock market is rising and rising because of today's low interest rates -- or maybe I should say no-interest rates. That's the definitive statement being made today. 

After all, if we woke up tomorrow to find that our savings accounts were paying 5%, a lot of people would leave stocks quickly in order to earn a 5% risk-free rate of return. If 5% were the going rate on savings, what would it take for investors to stick with equities? Investors would have to believe that they could earn a much higher rate of return from stocks, relative to the added risk. In finance, the term is equity risk premium....533 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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