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Getting Even

The market took your money. How long will it take to get it back?

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This story appears in the November 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Bear markets can do ugly things to mutual fund portfolios. But once they've past, recouping the losses doesn't necessarily take forever.

One of these days, the trend lines of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500 are going to turn upward, and when they do, the question on everyone's minds will be, How long is it going to take to get back to even and recoup my fund's losses?

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