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If you buy stocks for growth or to beat inflation and bought them in 2009, you are kicking -ss!
If you bought the Dow or S&P 500 13 or 6-years ago, their isn't much room to brag. This chart created by Doug Short reflects gains (lack off) since 2000, when adjusting them for inflation (life's costs), one of the main reasons to own them.
This doesn't mean that stocks can't kick the tail off inflation going forward, it just reflects they haven't done real well on a real return basis for a LONG-TIME, if you are a buy and holder!