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What does it mean for the Dow to hit 20,000?

Well, nothing really. It’s just a fun number. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA or Dow) is price- weighted index that gets its value from 30 stocks of large US companies. It’s sort of like a cross-section, and it’s simply a method of attempting to measure the market’s direction at a given time. At 20,000, we’re not witnessing a new ceiling/floor or a new era of investing, it’s just a notable number. But that’s really all that’s happened: we’ve witnessed it. What makes a stock perform is in the measures of business, not the arrival at a number.

Just as an age doesn’t require or inhibit maturity, and just like the number on a scale doesn’t mean you’re healthy or unhealthy, an index milestone doesn’t signal prosperity or the lack thereof; it’s just a number. So what number should you pay attention to? Now that’s a much better question! Take a look at the numbers in your long-term goals. The best way to celebrate is to review your retirement plan to make sure you’re on track. There’s no better way to celebrate!

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