Stocks: What the 'Lost Decade' Means

After posting a negative 10-year returnas the S&P 500 did in Octoberthe market tends to move sideways for an extended period

From its recent closing low of 752 on Nov. 20, until its 909 closing high on Dec. 8, the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index rose nearly 21%. And since a 20% gain off of a bear-market bottom is the traditional signal of the start of a new bull market, we can rejoice that the worst is over. Right? Well, maybe.

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