S&P500 vs CDs (1994-2008)

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, getting  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:

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Stocks vs Certificates of Deposit (1994 – 2008)

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cd-vs-sp500-1994-2008

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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 from 1968 to 2009 — 40 years

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Thanks, RM!

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Previously:
Stocks vs. Bonds (March 28th, 2009)
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2009/03/stocks-vs-bonds/

Sources:
Used the CDs 6 mo (Annual) data from here:
http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h15/data.htm

Used the annual returns (with dividends) from here:
(did each year gain/loss seperate, then added the $10K for the next year)
http://www.moneychimp.com/features/market_cagr.htm

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