The end of this week will make it five years since the second most powerful bull market in post-WWII history began. After five years, only the bull market that began on August 12, 1982 was stronger. It is not over yet. In fact, the bull market may be getting a second wind.
Despite its strength, the bull market has only recently been discovered by individual investors. Investors tend to chase returns. For the U.S. stock market, investors have most closely followed the rolling five-year annualized return, based upon their investing behavior. The five-year trailing annualized return for the S&P 500 Index had been weak, especially when compared with bonds, in recent years. But in 2013, the five-year return began to see a dramatic change.