Ibbotson's 2002 Yearbook Provides Historical Perspective to Today's Investment Decisions

Includes New Chapters on International Investing and Roger Ibbotson's Forecast for the Future Return of Stocks Over Bonds

CHICAGO, April 1, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Ibbotson Associates, a leading provider of investment tools and knowledge, today unveiled its 2002 Stocks, Bonds, Bills and Inflation Classic Edition Yearbook. For more than a quarter of a century, this book has been a standard resource for finance and investment professionals to gather comprehensive capital market performance dating back to 1926.

New to the yearbook this year is a chapter devoted to international equity investing. It covers the risks and rewards associated with investing in the international marketplace. Also in the new edition is a summary of the study, "Stock Market Returns in the Long Run: Participating in the Real Economy," conducted by Roger Ibbotson and Peng Chen. This paper establishes a new method for forecasting the future return of stocks over bonds by building on the relationship between the stock market, earnings and the overall economy.

"Stocks, Bonds, Bills and Inflation is a great educational tool that financial professionals can use with clients to put current market conditions in a historical context, and develop a long-term investment strategy," said Michael Henkel, president of Ibbotson Associates.

About Ibbotson Associates

Ibbotson Associates, founded by Professor Roger Ibbotson in 1977, is a leading authority on asset allocation, providing products and services to help investment professionals obtain, manage and retain assets.

The company's business lines include investment consulting and research; planning and analysis software; wealth forecasting; educational services and a widely used line of NASD-reviewed presentation materials. With offices in Chicago, New York and Japan, Ibbotson Associates provides integrated investment knowledge, leading-edge technology, multi-conceptual education and a variety of sales presentation solutions. Ibbotson markets its integrated product line of investment analytical tools and services to institutional money managers, plan sponsors and consultants for quantitative analysis, high level decision making and presentations. The company's clients also include financial planners, brokers, mutual fund firms, private bankers and small money managers.


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