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Reader William Young comments:
Regarding your article about the Dow, the more relevant numbers to quote would be from about 9 months later when the peak of the tech stock bubble occurred. Off the top of my head, I believe the numbers were 11,750 for the Dow, 5050 for the NASDAQ, and 1550 for the S&P 500. The Dow is now slightly lower, the NASDAQ is less than half of what it was, while the S&P is down close to 20%. This covers a period of 8 years and includes some of the peak earning years of Baby Boomers as they are nearing retirement age.
Encouraging people to invest their retirement savings in speculative investments is one on a list of incredibly socially backwards practices we have in the US, along with tying medical insurance to employment and allowing a necessary commodity such as housing to be treated as a speculative investment.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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