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For some perspective into stock market performance during a recessionary period, today's chart illustrates the average performance (since the 1945 recession) of the S&P 500 following the beginning of a recession (blue line). For comparison, the chart also presents the performance of the S&P 500 following the beginning of the last recession (which began March 2001 gold line) and following the current recession (which began December 2007 red line). As the chart shows, the stock market has tended to decline for several months preceding and six months following the beginning of a recession. Stock market performance following the commencement of the last two recessions has been much more severe than average both in magnitude and duration.

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"Prosperity cannot be restored by raids upon the public Treasury." - Herbert Hoover

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April 20, 2009 - Boston Marathon - Pulitzer Prizes announced
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