Sexy Graph Demonstrates S&P's Historic Dismalness This Year

Here is a sexy graph breaking down the S&P’s performance from 1825 to present, fitting each year into a column based on that year’s annual returns, from -50% to +60%.

This chart’s utility lies in its ability to demonstrate the historical dismalness of this year’s market, as well as what we’re seeing kinda just looks like we’re experiencing the sad side of a typical bell curve. Just look for 2008 wayyyy far there on the left… Get the full effect by going inside for the big version.

[via DailyKos making a more legible version of a graph made by Value Square Asset Management, Yale University)