|The Dow is currently trading 10% below its May 19th all-time record high. For some perspective, today's chart illustrates the inflation-adjusted Dow since 1900 -- there are several points of interest. Take for example an unlucky buy-and-hold investor that invested in the Dow right at the dot-com peak of December 1999. A decade and a half later, the inflation-adjusted Dow is up a mere 1.5%. That is not altogether an impressive performance considering that 16 years have passed. On the other hand, take the investor who bought right at the end of the financial crisis. The inflation-adjusted Dow is up a significant 107% from its financial crisis lows -- not bad for a for a seven year investment. More recently, the inflation-adjusted Dow has broken below support of a trend that has existed since the end of the financial crisis induced bear market.Notes:
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