Stranger things: the 1980s echo in U.S. equity markets

The 1980s were a turbulent decade, best known for advancements in technology, music, and finance—the impact of which we’re still feeling 40 years later. The decade featured the launch of the first reusable space shuttle, the dawn of cable television, and the emergence of video cassette recorders (VCRs) as household staples. 

The 80s were also a time of dynamism for US equity markets. After a period of stagnation, interest rates and inflation fell, and economic growth rates accelerated. And as equity markets around the world rose on a wave of optimism, Russell Investments launched the first Russell Indexes in 1984—setting a new standard for the way these growing markets were represented, segmented, and measured.

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