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Wow! Check out the Dow.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) first appeared on May 26, 1896. A national depression, caused by the panic of 1893, was “close to having run its course” and many industries and large corporations were seeking national markets.

Charles Henry Dow, a young newspaperman, predicted that these companies could constitute “the great speculative market of the future” and he subsequently invented the DJIA by creating an index of 12 industrials which began at 40.94. GE is the only survivor among the current 30 Dow stocks.

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013 (117 years later) the Dow hit a milestone - 15,024. Surely Mr. Dow could not have imagined that his vision would reach such an incredible high. Up until a few weeks ago, the last twenty Tuesdays have shown continued growth.

You might ask – what does 15,000 mean to me personally? Probably nothing profoundly significant. However, it could be an impetus to review your portfolio and continue if you are already an investor or, to jump on board if you have never considered investing. Your success could possibly be as unimaginable as Mr. Dow’s.

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