The U.S. stock market has more than tripled in value during the run up that started in March 2009, and the most recent quarter somehow managed to accelerate the upward trend. We have just experienced the third best first half, in terms of U.S. market returns, of the 2000s. The Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index—the broadest measure of U.S. stocks—rose 2.95% for the quarter, finishing the first half of the year up 8.73%. The comparable Russell 3000 index is up 8.93% for the year so far.