Monday, November 12, 2007

When to Invest (or Not) In Stocks

There are a lot of aspects to investing that are simply unpredictable. But there is one, little-known statistic that can indicate if it is or is not a good time to invest in the stock market.

Over the last 130 years of the stock market, one thing has remained constant: if the rate of inflation is between 1-3%, the stock market generally returns about 13% per year. In years where inflation rises above 3%, the market usually returns an average of under 3%.

So, keep an eye on the job Bernanke (the Federal Reserve) does. If he continues to keep inflation in check, it's a good time to pump the market. But watch closely - it can change quickly.

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