In Investing, It’s When You Start And When You Finish

Is investing about timing the market or time in the market or...? Ed Easterling of Crestmont Research has produced a very interesting illustration of your average annual return depending on when you bought and when you sold your investment. The chart is based on the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index for the United States of … Continue reading In Investing, It’s When You Start And When You Finish

Introducing the new Australian share volatility index

Are you interested in the expected volatility of the share market? Then get some VIX. From tomorrow a new Australian equity volatility benchmark will be published by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The benchmark will be known as the S&P/ASX 200 VIX (ASX code: XVI). Following are some key highlights from the information provided by S&P and the ASX.

Average duration of Australian bull and bear markets

Zurich have published this graph showing the average duration of Australian bull and bear markets from 1970 to December 2009. The index used is the ASX200. Download the graph here. Average Australian Bull Market Average Bull Market Duration: 38 months Average Annual Bull Market Return: 30.8% Average Australian Bear Market Average Bear Market Duration: 15 months Average Annual … Continue reading Average duration of Australian bull and bear markets