Winners and losers in the post-Lehman investment era

The S&P 500 has finally rebounded to where it was when Lehman Brothers filed the world's biggest bankruptcy, in September 2008. Which market sectors have done the best – and worst – since then?

Bespoke Investment Group / The Reformed Broker
The best-performing investments, by group, since the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
Bespoke Investment Group / The Reformed Broker
The worst-performing investments, by group, since the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Just mentioning the word "Lehman" conjures up a certain je ne sais quoi in these parts.

Use it in a phrase like "but that was pre-Lehman" or "that wouldn't have happened if not for Lehman" and Wall Streeter's will know exactly what and when you're referring to. Hey, anyone in the business world will know what you mean and anyone in NYC will really know. We thought it was the end of everything for a moment there, it was palpable out in the streets here.

We've just round-tripped on the S&P to where we were in September of 2008, just before the epic Lehman meltdown. That autumn was the meat of the crash, the sell-offs that came afterward were mere aftershocks.

Let's have a look (courtesy of Bespoke) at which sectors have done what since those dark days and give thanks that we aren't now living in "Mad Max times".

Internet retail in the lead? Thanks, Amazon! Thanks, Netflix! Thanks, Expedia!


Lehman Now Just a Memory...Albeit a Bad One (Bespoke)

Add/view comments on this post.


The Christian Science Monitor has assembled a diverse group of the best economy-related bloggers out there. Our guest bloggers are not employed or directed by the Monitor and the views expressed are the bloggers' own, as is responsibility for the content of their blogs. To contact us about a blogger, click here. To add or view a comment on a guest blog, please go to the blogger's own site by clicking on the link above.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.