The Decade of Low/NO RETURNS (2000 - 2013)
The media is so crazy about he rich Stocks-investors getting richer. From the year 2000 until 2013 mostly the Broker were becoming richer by collecting transactions fees from nervous investors.
Therfore one should never forget >> "Investing is easy, but not simple." Especially not in the era: 2000 until the summer of 2013..., BUT well: the period of Summer 2009 until 2013 already produced great returns (again).