Crazy Financial Facts From The Past And What They Mean Today

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Did you know…? Looking at some crazy and random financial facts can be fun, interesting, and at times, even a bit confusing. Maybe you know where the stock market is now, but do you know what it looked like in the 1970s? What about the 1930s? We’ve come a long way, and it’s important to understand the facts of the past in order to know what to do in the present.

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Talking about some of the craziest investing facts, we look at different numbers and events from the last several decades. For instance, did you know the U.S. stock market is about 56% of the entire world market?

Or did you know that at one point government bonds outperformed the stock market? Looking historically though, you can often make the numbers show what you want depending on how you qualify it and arrange it. That’s why advertisers can claim gold is up 153% since 1980, but inflation is up 230%. It’s easy to get misled by advertising or myths, which is why a financial advisor can help you.

The market can be very random and unpredictable, but you have to think about what will work for you in the long-term. An advisor that says they know exactly what is happening with the market is wrong, because they can’t predict the future. But advisors should give you averages over time, realistic numbers to consider, and help you plan for risk. Make sure you are set up well for the time of life you are in now.

Listen to today’s podcast to learn more or click on the timestamps below to jump ahead to any of the facts that most intrigue you.

[2:31] – In 2009, the U.S. stocks fell back to where they were in 1996.

[5:00] – The Dow gained only 38 points in the ‘70s.

[8:42] – When long-term U.S. government bonds outperformed the stock market. 

[12:18] – How much the Dow lost in the early 1930s.


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