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Subject:  Re: is just investing in a S&P index fund for IR Date:  4/24/2006  12:55 AM
Author:  Matt1344 Number:  51359 of 80425

"is just investing in a S&P index fund for my IRA a good thing."

Hi kryszrich,

There's a lot of historical data on Crestmont site<http://www.crestmontresearch.com/content/market.htm>. It is for the S&P500 from 1900 to 2004/5.

The first chart can be looked at for several conditions, then pick any time period and see what the returns were: http://www.crestmontresearch.com/content/Matrix%20Options.htm

You will find some rather long time frames of little or no returns, especially when inflation is taken into account. At least in the IRA you can disregard the chart that factors in taxes.

"Stock Matrix Options

Returns depend upon the starting and ending point. This series of charts present the compounded annual returns for an investor that began investing during any start year since 1900 and ending with any subsequent year. The versions presented reflect those for taxpayers (i.e. individuals, trusts, etc.) and for tax exempt or tax de