Even though the Dow was down by 12 points today, it’s beginning to look increasingly likely that we’ll see a new all time high for the index in the not too distant future. The previous all time high was at 14,164, just 281 points away from where the index closed today. The index hit that mark in October 2007–a little over 5 years ago. That’s the 5th longest span in history that the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gone without making a new high. After the depression it took 25 years to get back to its highest levels.