Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Average Americans still haven’t returned to the stock market after 2008 collapse

When the stock market crashed in 1929, it took until the 1950’s for the Dow Jones to return to its former all-time high of 24 years earlier.  And it also took until the post-war and post-Depression decade before the average American felt secure enough in the equity markets to begin investing on Wall Street.
Over the past 60 years, both the Federal government, and the brokerage houses made it easier for everyday people to play in the stock markets, until the 2008 crash changed all that when equities declined by over 55%.
Yet unlike the 1987 crash, and the bursting of the Dotcom bubble in 2000, this crash appears to be long lasting as a new gallup poll out shows that only 52% of U.S. adults have ever invested in the markets, and that is the lowest percentage in more than two decades.


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