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Missed Fortune – Will the Stock Market Recover?

Posted on | March 23, 2009

As of end of trading today, the Dow closed almost 500 points higher.  Fueled by news of the Treasury’s plan to buy up billions in bank assets, the markets responded in an unprecedented climb.

Is the market stabilizing?  Are we almost done with this roller coaster?

The reality is that nobody really knows but everyone hopes.  Although those following the Missed Fortune strategies have been mostly untouched in losing vast amounts of money this year, everyone has been effected in one way or another.

Almost everyone knows someone who has lost their job and/or gone through foreclosure and if you don’t, count yourself as one of the lucky ones.

What will it take to bounce back?  How many good years will it take to gain back the retirement and investment monies that were lost during this monumental crisis.

This article from USA Today takes the topic in depth.  Adam Shell writes that the stock market recovery will likely be years in the making.

Why?  Take a look at this chart which shows that to get back to break even by June 2012 you would need a 25% annualized rate of return or at a more realistic rate of return of 10%, were talking June 2017.

What’s the best solution to all of this mess?  Missed Fortune believes in keeping your principal safe.

Clients who have fixed rates are earning around 5% this year and those who have a more aggressive strategy and have their money tied to the market but not in the market have thoroughly enjoyed a 0-1% rate of return this year.

Remember that they locked in their gains from the year before, never having that money at risk.

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