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Updated: Jun 18, 2019

Q: How long does a bull market typically last? A: On average, bull markets last 4.5 years. The current bull market has just turned 10 years old.


Q: How long does a bear market typically last? A: The average bear market lasts 1.4 years, with an average cumulative loss of 41%.[1]


Q: How many publicly traded stocks are there?

A: The number of public companies in the U.S. has been on a steady decline since peaking in the late 1990s. In 1996 there were 7,322 domestic companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges. Today there are only 3,671[2]


Q: How many ETFs (exchange traded funds) are there? A: As of March 2019, there are more than 5,000 exchange-traded products (ETPs) trading in the U.S., with investors facing a dizzying array of choices when it comes to identifying the best ETFs for their portfolio…


Q: How many different stock market indexes are there? A? In addition to the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Composite (the 3 most broadly followed indexes), there are ~5,000 others that make up the U.S. equity market.


Q: What percent of the market is “passive” (i.e. investors owning broad index funds vs. individual securities)?

A: Per CNBC, passive management now accounts for 45% of ALL assets for U.S. stock-based funds, up from around 25% a decade ago.[3]

Q: What percentage of stocks are traded by computers/algorithms?

A: In 2014, more than 75% of the stock shares traded on U.S. exchanges (including NYSE and NASDAQ) originated from automated trading system orders (i.e. minimal human interaction).


Q: What percentage of stock trades are high-frequency (“HFT”)?

A: High-frequency trading accounted for 60-70% of trading volume during 2009-2010, though that percentage has declined in recent years.


Q: How many mutual funds are there in the U.S.?

A: There were 9,356 mutual funds in 2017, managing assets worth ~$18.75 trillion. Domestic equity funds constituted 43% of the fund market in 2017, followed by bond funds at 21%. Globally, there were 114,131 funds in 2017, with almost half of the assets concentrated in the U.S.[4]

Q: How many hedge funds are there in the U.S.?

A: The number is believed to have crossed 10,000 by the end of 2015, though has declined to 9,754 at the end of 2017 according to Hedge Fund Research.


Q: What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? A: In the end, it's concluded that the airspeed velocity of a (European) unladen swallow is about 24 miles per hour or 11 meters per second. But, the real question is not about swallows at all. King Arthur in the movie had two coconut shells that he banged together to simulate the sound of a horse galloping.


Q: Exactly how many ways can you order Waffle House hash browns these days? A: Scattered, smothered (onions), covered (cheese), chunked, (ham), diced (tomatoes), peppered (Jalapenos), capped (mushrooms), topped (chili), country (gravy).


Q: Are Waffle House hash browns good ordered "all the way"? A: No. Do they sound good? What's wrong with you?


Q: What is the meaning of life?

A: Life has different definition in the eyes of different people. ... For many life is all about love. For a few, life is all about religious practices. For philosopher like Aristotle life is about happiness: "Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence."

[1] https://www.rothira.com/bear-market


[2] https://www.wsj.com/articles/where-have-all-the-public-companies-gone-1510869125


[3] https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/19/passive-investing-now-controls-nearly-half-the-us-stock-market.html


[4] https://www.statista.com/topics/1441/mutual-funds/

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