Chart o’ the Day: The Tree of Stock Market Returns

My buddy Ryan Detrick shared the below at LPL Research and I wanted to make sure you’d seen it.

An illustration like this makes you wonder why so many people choose to focus obsess on the incidences of negative returns in a given year (boxes left of center). The red boxes don’t represent negative years for stocks, just years in which a recession occurred. You’ll be surprised to find some green years (economic growth) having down-stock market performance and some red years with gains. It’s counterintuitive but so is a lot about the interplay between markets and economics.

Click to embiggen this bad boy:

stock returns tree

Source:

Long-Term Look At Recessions And Returns (LPL Research) 

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