The Nasdaq Has Finally Budged After 18 Years

On March 10, 2000, at the peak of the internet bubble, the Nasdaq closed at 5048.62. It took more than 15 years, posting 113 new highs along the way, for the index to break back above that record-high level. Though, from another perspective, it may only just be getting into unchartered territory.

With inflation all over the news, we decided to look at the Nasdaq (in inflation-adjusted terms). Incredibly, the index crossed above the peak set in 2000 in late February. In other words, it has gone virtually nowhere for 18 full years. “Think about it like this, adjusted for inflation, the Nasdaq is only 2.0% above the peak in 2000. That comes out to a whopping annualized return of 0.10% over the past 18 years. When someone says tech is in a bubble this chart screams that it is anything but,” suggested Ryan Detrick, Senior Market Strategist.


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