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Rajveer Rawlin received his MBA in finance from the Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK. He is an avid market watcher having followed capital markets in the US and India since 1993. His research interests includes areas of Capital Markets, Banking, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management and has over 20 years of experience in the above areas covering the US and Indian Markets. He has several publications in the above areas. The views expressed here are his own and should not be construed as advice to buy or sell securities.

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Chart of the Day - Time Taken to Reach Prior Highs

The chart of the day is courtesy Mark Hulbert via Marketwatch.com and shows the time taken for the Dow Jones Industrial Average to reach prior highs since the early 1900's. The current market has spent more than a year in trying to reach its prior high and has taken over 410 days to reach recent new highs, eclipsing the 379 days it took in the bull market correction of the 1990's making further new highs more and more elusive:
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