Michel Pireu Columnist

Crazy investing facts from Michael Batnick: Since 1916, the Dow has made new all-time highs less than 5% of all days, but over that time it’s up 25,568%. About 95% of the time you’re underwater. The less you look the better off you’ll be. The Dow has been positive only 52% of all days. The average daily return is 0.73% when it’s up and -0.76% when it’s down. See above. The Dow has spent more time 40% or more below the highs than within 2% of the highs. No pain no gain. At the low in 2009, Japanese stocks were back to where they were in 1980. Stocks for the long run. The very long run. Usually. Sometimes. Gold and the Dow were both 800 in 1980. Today gold is $1,300/oz, the Dow is near 26k. Cash flows commodities. Over the last 20 years, gold is up 340%. Stocks are up 208%, with dividends. You can support any argument by changing start and end dates. Since 1980, gold is up 153%. Inflation is up 230%. See the above. If you had invested from 1960 to 1980 and beaten the market by 5% each...

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