August 3


Stock Market History of Returns

Let’s look at what the stock market (the Dow Jones Industrial Average) has done, by decade since 1900. To understand the chart, if you invested your money in 1900, by 1909 you would have averaged a return of 9.96% per year. If you invested your money in 1910, by 1919 you would have averaged 4.2% during that time per year.

To me, what is so incredibly interesting is that even though the markets seem to rocket up and down on an almost daily basis, over the long term it basically always has a positive return. The only exception is during the Great Depression (and the start of World War II) from 1930-1939 and even then the market only averaged a -0.63% return. That is six tenths of one percent!

Maybe the “markets” aren’t so scary after all.

Stock Market History of Returns

Decade Average Return Per year
1900s 9.96%
1910s 4.20%
1920s 14.95%
1930s -0.63%
1940s 8.72%
1950s 19.28%
1960s 7.78%
1970s 5.82%
1980s 17.57%
1990s 18.17%
2000s 1.07%
2010-2013 16.74%




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