NEW YORK ( ETF Expert) -- The mainstream financial media may have caught a break in 2011. Neither the S&P 500 nor the Dow fell more than 20% from respective highs, meaning that nobody ran with the "Bear Is Back" headline. It follows that the March 2, 2009 lows still represent the start of a bull market uptrend.Not surprisingly, many have chosen to wistfully recollect the 90%-plus, since-inception gains for U.S. stocks. Meanwhile, others wisely remind us that substantial corrections of 10% to 20% occurred in each of the 3 years -- 2009, 2010, 2011.
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