About 8 years ago, on September 30, 2010, the TSX Index closed at 12,369. As I write today it is at 16,217, a gain of 31.1% or 3.44% per year compounded over the period. Add in dividends and the gain per year is around 6%. Not horrible, and certainly better than bonds, which yielded less than 2% over the same time span. However, when we look at the performance of the main U.S. index, the S&P 500, we start to understand how poorly the Canadian stock market has performed.