2012 was just slightly below average for the Dow’s calendar year performance going back just over half a century – but a much better year than what we’ve been averaging throughout the secular bear market that began in 2000…
Chart of the Day
Today’s chart provides some perspective on 2012’s stock market performance. Today’s chart illustrates each calendar year performance (dark blue columns) of the Dow since 1950. These calendar year performances have varied from a maximum of 44% back in 1954 to a minimum of -33.8% in 2008 with the overall average since 1950 (gray horizontal line) coming in at 8.1%. So how does the Dow’s performance in 2012 compare? The Dow’s performance for 2012 (gray column) is slightly below the 1950 to present average. However, it is worth noting that this year’s performance does compare favorably to the 2000 to present calendar year average which comes in at a meager 2.2%.