Great chart on SP500 returns over time



Totally agree. And the weird thing about that is that the original charts on the Crestmont website DON'T do that. The original charts have losses in red, gains of 0-3% in pink, gains of 3-7% in blue, gains of 7-10% in light green, and gains >10% in dark green.
Now, that also "wastes the scale" as you say, but every grid square does have the actual return number in it.
I can understand why the NYT left the actual numbers out of the squares (makes it very cluttered) but they should have used more color "bins" and a more intuitive choice of colors. Very odd on NYT's part.
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I misread what you were saying -- obviously the original charts do show some gains (0%-3%) as pink which I agree is wrong. I was thinking more in terms of the binning and (incorrectly!) remembered the NYT chart has having fewer color bins than the original chart.
It does not. They both have five color bins. Which is not enough. The NYT chart clearly hews (hues? :) too closely to the original. They should have re-binned (which they easily could have since the source had the specific number for every grid square) and definitely not used anything in the red family for a positive return.
I suppose one might make the argument that on a *nominal* returns graph one might want to color returns less than inflation in a red because you did lose purchasing power, but since the NYT graph (and the original graph it was taken from) was post-inflation it makes no sense to have positive returns in any shade of red.
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