Friday, March 06, 2009

Capital preservation

As an institutional investor, we are always interested in informative long-term charts. This one fits the bill, even though it is probably meant to shock today's investor with its implicit statement that there was no money to be made in 43 years of investment in the Dow.

However, some qualifications need to be made. The obvious one is that the chart is just a price chart corrected for inflation, but without taking into account the dividend yield, which is probably about 5% p.a. by now. Getting that kind of return on top of real, inflation-adjusted capital preservation on a long-term basis is no mean feat indeed!

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