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The Bumpy Road to 10%

Since 1926, the US stock market has rewarded investors with an average annual return of about 10%. But as the chart below shows, it’s important to remember that returns in any given year may be sky-high, extremely poor, or somewhere in between.

  • Annual returns came within two percentage points of the market’s long-term average of 10% in just six of the past 94 years.
  • Yearly returns have ranged as high as up 54% and as low as down 43%.
  • Since 1926, annual returns have been positive 69 times and negative 25 times.


S&P 500 Index Annual Returns 1926 - 2019

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Actual returns may be lower. Investing risks include loss of principal and fluctuating value. There is no guarantee an investment strategy will be successful.  Indices are not available for direct investment. Index returns are not representative of actual portfolios and do not reflect costs and fees associated with an actual investment.  In US dollars. S&P data © 2020 S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a division of S&P Global. All rights reserved.

Understanding the range of potential outcomes can help you stick with a plan and ride out the inevitable ups and downs.

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