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The stock market does not move in a straight upward line, and averages can be misleading. Do you know how often the S&P 500 returned close to its historical average annual return? If you guessed 6 years in the last 94, you'd be correct. 

Although the S&P 500 averages a 10.2% return since 1926, the year-to-year returns are rarely in that range.

S&P 500® Index Stats Since 1926
Total Years (1926-2019): 94
Positive Years 69 yrs (73%)
Negative Years 25 yrs (27%)
# of Years Gains >20%: 35 yrs
# of Years Losses <20%: 6 yrs

 

Source: FactSet, S&P Dow Jones Indices. Data calculated from 1926-2019 using total return. The indices are unmanaged, are not available for investment, and do not incur expenses. Click here for index definitions. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.


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