Europe's economy slowed sharply, a U.S.-China trade war loomed, fears of a real war with North Korea grew, while U.S. politics sank deeper into chaos, and a gunman massacred at least 49 innocents attending services at a Christchurch, New Zealand mosque, even as they prayed. It was a week of crises.
Since 1957, the internal rate of return on American stocks has been 6.9%, and there were plenty of crises all along the way.
The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index closed at 2,822.48 on Friday, up sharply from 2,743.07 a week ago, and rebounding the close of 2,803.69 two weeks ago.
A key growth investment in a broadly diversified portfolio, the S&P 500 index is volatile, unpredictable, and suffered a 19.8% plunge from September 20th's all-time closing high to the Christmas Eve closing low of 2,351.10. Despite a week when the world seemed full of crisis, U.S. stocks endured and the uncertain struggle toward progress — which can never be guaranteed — continued at its seemingly relentless pace.
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