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S&P500 vs CDs (1994-2008)

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On July 7, 2009 @ 11:30 am In Investing | Comments Disabled

Imagine two people who added $10,000 to their investment accounts on January 1st, every year for the past 15 years.

One of them is risk averse. They put the money into Certificates of Deposits, gettingĀ  a few percentage points each year, but the principal is insured.

The other is less risk averse; they put money into an S&P500 Index each year.

Who comes out ahead? The answer might surprise you:


Stocks vs Certificates of Deposit (1994 – 2008)

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cd-vs-sp500-1994-2008 [1]


CDs in 2009 yield 1% – 2%, as the market fell and then rally; if the S&P doesn’t perform well for the rest of this year, CDs will have more gains again.

As of March, Bonds had outperformed Stocks [2] from 1968 to 2009 — 40 years


Thanks, RM!


Stocks vs. Bonds [2] (March 28th, 2009)


Used the CDs 6 mo (Annual) data from here:


Used the annual returns (with dividends) from here:
(did each year gain/loss seperate, then added the $10K for the next year)


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[2] Bonds had outperformed Stocks: http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2009/03/stocks-vs-bonds/

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