2010 Year-End Screening Review: Across the Board Gains

by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

2010 Year End Screening Review: Across The Board Gains Splash image

Compared to the roller-coaster ride the market has been on the last few years, 2010 was a time for the markets and investors to catch their breath.

In this mid-term election year, the economy stood front and center for voters as well as investors. While the economy has managed to string together five consecutive quarters of growth, the erratic nature of the growth has done little to instill confidence in the market. That—combined with unemployment that remains the highest it has been in decades, the specter of future inflation stemming from government stimulus spending and uncertainty as to whether Bush-era tax cuts will expire at the end of the year—gave investors reason to be cautious.

Year-to-date, through December 10, 2010, the S&P 500 index has risen more than 11% (simple price return, excluding dividends). While that’s less than half the increase seen in 2009, it is still well above the index’s historical average capital appreciation of 7.2% between the beginning of 1950 and the end of 2009. Tempering two years of solid gains is the fact that the S&P 500 still is some 20% below its high of October 2007.

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Wayne A. Thorp, CFA is a vice president and senior financial analyst at AAII and editor of Computerized Investing. Follow him on Twitter at @AAII_CI.


pympk from California posted over 3 years ago:

The 65.8% Avg Ann’l Risk-Adj Price gain for All Exchange-Listed Stocks seems way too high.

Bikhod from Illinois posted over 3 years ago:

I agree.

If Table 1 figures are correct then I think Avg Ann'l gain should be 10.5 and risk adjusted should be 8.7.

Can AAII please confirm?

Bikhod from Illinois posted over 3 years ago:

Can the tables be made available as an Excel spreadsheet please?

Wayne from Illinois posted over 3 years ago:

Thank you for pointing out this error. The Table 1 figures are correct and the Avg Ann'l gain should be 10.5% and the risk-adjusted should be 8.7%.

Donald from Tennessee posted over 3 years ago:


Wayne from Illinois posted over 3 years ago:

In the coming days we are revamping the Stock Screens area of AAII.com to include new tables that contain much of the data discussed in this article, which you will be able to download.

Ping from California posted over 3 years ago:

Paste the following links to your Internet Explorer's address bar and hit enter. It will ask you do you want to open or save the file.


George from Florida posted over 3 years ago:

Why can't I see the entire right side of Table #1? I reloaded the page and it still doesn't come up. I'm using Firefox. Could that be the issue??

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