|With the Dow currently trading above the 20,000 milestone, today's chart provides some long-term perspective by illustrating 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 24%. That is not altogether an impressive performance considering that 17 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 154% from its financial crisis lows -- not bad for a for an eight year investment. More recently, the inflation-adjusted Dow has rallied and continues to make new all-time highs as it works its way towards long-term resistance (see red line).Notes:
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