American business will do just fine over time. And stocks will do well just as certainly, since their fate is tied to business performance. Periodic setbacks will occur, yes, but investors and managers are in a game heavily stacked in their favor. (The Dow Jones Industrials advanced from 66 to 11,497 in the twentieth century, a staggering 17,320% increase that materialized despite four costly wars, a Great Depression, and many recessions. And don’t forget that shareholders received substantial dividends throughout the century as well).