The seemingly relentless bull market that is running at nearly seven years and counting has been frustratingly elusive for some investors. For while the stock market has risen so impressively from its lows in March 2009, a number of stock investors find themselves lamenting the feeling that somehow they have missed out on much of the gains. And this comes despite the fact that they have been actively allocated to stocks in their investment portfolios throughout much of the post crisis period. How can this possibly be? Because the post crisis gains in the stock market have not been as continuous and uniform as they are now widely viewed in retrospect. In fact, a vast majority of the post crisis upside in the stock market has been confined to two very specific periods along the way. And if you missed these two distinct stretches, you missed most everything in the post crisis rally.
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