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S&P500 Inflation Adjusted Earnings
"Historical Chart of Inflation Adjusted Earnings of S&P500 Index"
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February 12, 2014:  Currently, the S&P500 is trading at $1,818.72, less than 2% below its all time high.  A key point is  inflation-adjusted earnings are currently higher now than where they were at the peak of the credit bubble in 2007.

S&P500 chart

From Chartoftheday.com1
With first-quarter earnings largely in the books (over 66% of S&P 500 corporations have reported), today's chart provides some long-term perspective to the current earnings environment by focusing on 12-month, as reported S&P 500 earnings. Today's chart illustrates how earnings declined over 92% from its Q3 2007 peak to Q1 2009 low which brought inflation-adjusted earnings to near Great Depression lows. Since its Q1 2009 low, S&P 500 earnings have surged to all-time record highs. To further illustrate the significance of the current corporate earnings recovery, consider that the run-up in real earnings from Great Depression lows to credit bubble peak took over 74 years. The run-up from financial crisis lows to today has been similar in magnitude (actually slightly more) but was accomplished in a mere five years.

S&P500 Inflation Adjusted  Earnings

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