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It Took 12 Years for the Crisis to End in U.S. Financial Stocks

Pedestrians walk through Times Square in New York, U.S., on Friday, April 26, 2019. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

One of the last vestiges of the financial crisis crumbled Thursday as financial stocks in the S&P 500 briefly surpassed their previous closing high, eclipsing the record they touched in February 2007 before losing more than 80% of their value in less than two years.

Banks, brokerages and insurance companies tracked by the S&P 500 Financials Index needed 12 years to make the round trip, which required a sixfold increase starting on March 6, 2009. They’re the last industry in the S&P 500 to erase their 2008-era decline.
Financial shares briefly top 2007 record

“What a long, strange trip it’s been,” said Kim Forrest, chief investment officer at Bokeh Capital Management in Pittsburgh. “The existing banks — because there’s a whole lot less banks than there were in 2007 — have survived and changed in meaningful ways, that’s what this reflects. They’ve shoehorned themselves into this low new interest rate environment.”


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