It was five years this past weekend that the global financial crisis officially started, prompted by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. Since then, the S&P 500 has risen 42 percent. Only three of the 10 largest S&P 500 sectors have outperformed the broader index.
The rising sectors are consumer discretionary sector, which is up 100 percent, health care, up 61 percent, and information technology up 60 percent.
Materials, telecom and energy sector have all risen in the 20-percent range in the past five years.
At the bottom: utilities, which have risen only 5 percent, and financials, up 7 percent.
In the years leading up to the crash, from 2003 to 2008, there was a clear leader—energy, up 143 percent; and a clear laggard—financials, down 26 percent.
By Christina Medici Scolaro
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