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For some long-term perspective, today's chart illustrates the Dow Jones Industrial Average adjusted for inflation since 1925. There are several points of interest. For one, it is easy to see and compare all stock market crashes (e.g. 1929, 1987, 2008). Also, when adjusted for inflation, the bear market that concluded in the early 1980s was almost as severe as the one that concluded in the early 1930s. Also, the inflation-adjusted Dow is up 145% since its 1929 peak and trades 74% above its 1966 peak not that spectacular of a performance considering the time frames involved. It is also interesting to note that the Dow is up 86% from its March 9, 2009 low which is actually slightly more than what the inflation-adjusted Dow gained from its 1966 peak to today.

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