Chart of the week: Should investors fear equity market highs?

Australian equities recaptured pre-crisis highs this week after an excellent year thus far for share market returns. This has led some to question whether they should retain their equity market exposure and stay invested with the market at an all-time high. Although it was over a decade ago, the financial crisis remains fresh in many investors’ minds. An investor that had bought at the 2007 peak suffered a 53% drawdown by the time the S&P/ASX 200 finally troughed in 2009. Many are obviously keen to avoid this experience.

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