Markets held onto a rally Monday, spurred by news of continuing manufacturing sector growth. The Dow gained .98% in mid-morning trading, the S&P 1.24% and the Nasdaq 1.7%. But don’t start firing up your Scottrades and Etrades just yet unless you’ve got a fifth of Pepto in your desk drawer. 2011 is looking to be just as rocky as ever.
Now that the magic accounting party is over, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are to be removed from the S&P 500 starting Wednesday. The minimum market cap a company needs to be allowed in the index is 5 billion. Freddie’s market cap is $614 million and Fannie’s $1.04 billion. [AP]
Historically, September is the worst month for the S&P 500. Now we don’t feel so bad about our portfolio. [All Financial Matters]
The longer you hold stocks, the better your inflation adjusted returns are, AllFinancialMatters demonstrates. For instance, compare the S&P 500 Annual Real Returns from 1926-2006 with a 1-year holding period vs a 20-year in the picture above.