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Subject:  Re: Up, down, sideways Date:  12/28/2010  3:45 PM
Author:  intercst Number:  67995 of 100466

TwoCybers writes,

<<<Andrew wrote: a real return of 5% would do me just fine>>>

If by real return you return beyond inflation, good luck. As far as I know that has not happened in any 30 year period, unless you are lucky enough to invest heavily in Microsoft in say 1984, Apple in 2000, etc.


If you look at the 128 rolling 30-year periods between 1871 and 2000 for an investment in the S&P500, more than 80% of those 30-year periods had an annualized, inflation-adjusted return of more than 5%.

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