Putting Investment Returns Into Perspective

How much would I need to invest in a money market account to earn $1,000 in one year?

5 years ago: $22,000
Now (October 2012): $3,300,000

That really puts returns into perspective. The national average for money market accounts was 4.54% in October 2007 and 0.03% in October 2012 according to BTN Research. Most money market rates we saw in October seemed closer to 0.01%; which means you would actually need to invest $10,000,000 to earn $1,000 in one year.

Source: BTN Research