"Real Indexes" from the year 2000 onwards
(Status: June 2017)
The following chart requires little explanation. Reminder: So far the 21st Century has not been especially kind to equity investors (in real terms!). Yes, markets do bounce back, but often in time frames that defy optimistic...
... expectations. The chart-curves above are based on price only. Dividends were NOT included! So, there was some relief for Dividend-stock-investors over the period displayed (these dividend-income streams are not included and not displayed in the performance-curves above)!