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Here's what the stock market returned the year you were born

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Here's what the stock market returned the year you were born

For over two centuries, the U.S. stock market has embodied the American capitalist spirit. Pairing America’s most successful enterprises with the provided capital of investors looking to grow their wealth, the stock market reads as a barometer for the U.S. economy and a further reflection of events around the world.

To understand the ups and downs of the market over the last 90 years, Stacker looked to historical returns for stocks covered by Standard & Poor’s. Using historical data from Ycharts and NYU Professor Aswath Damodaran, we’ve compiled total annual returns for every year from 1928 to 2017, reflecting price appreciation as well as distributions to shareholders. In 1957, the S&P transitioned its major index into an examination of 500 select companies, creating the well-known S&P 500 index. The index tracks companies listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ using a market capitalization weighting methodology—giving more weight to larger companies—as compared to the price-weighted approach employed by the Dow Jones Industrial Average. We've also include annual returns for 3-month U.S. Treasury bills—short-term bonds that serve as an indicator of the risk-free rate—as a basis for comparison to stock market returns.

Read on to discover how the markets moved the year you were born.

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Alexandra Studios // Wikicommons

1928

Annual return on the S&P 500: 43.81%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.08%

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Wikicommons

1929

Annual return on the S&P 500: -8.3%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.16%

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Wikicommons

1930

Annual return on the S&P 500: -25.12%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.55%

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1931

Annual return on the S&P 500: -43.84%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 2.31%

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1932

Annual return on the S&P 500: -8.64%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.07%

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Wikicommons

1933

Annual return on the S&P 500: 49.98%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.96%

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Wikicommons

1934

Annual return on the S&P 500: -1.19%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.32%

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1935

Annual return on the S&P 500: 46.74%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.18%

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Berenice Abbott // Wikicommons

1936

Annual return on the S&P 500: 31.94%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.17%

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Unnamed WPA photographer // Wikicommons

1937

Annual return on the S&P 500: -35.34%

Annual return on an investment in a 3-month T.Bill: 0.3%

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Wikicommons

1938

Annual return on the S&P 500: 29.28%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.08%

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Florida Keys--Public Libraries // Wikicommons

1939

Annual return on the S&P 500: -1.1%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.04%

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Abbie Rowe // Wikicommons

1940

Annual return on the S&P 500: -10.67%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.03%

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Flickr

1941

Annual return on the S&P 500: -12.77%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.08%

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Wikicommons

1942

Annual return on the S&P 500: 19.17%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.34%

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Marjory Collins // Wikicommons

1943

Annual return on the S&P 500: 25.06%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.38%

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William P. Gottlieb // Wikicommons

1944

Annual return on the S&P 500: 19.03%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.38%

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Wikicommons

1945

Annual return on the S&P 500: 35.82%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.38%

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New York Public Library // Flickr

1946

Annual return on the S&P 500: -8.43%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.38%

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William P. Gottlieb // Wikicommons

1947

Annual return on the S&P 500: 5.2%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.57%

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William P. Gottlieb // Wikicommons

1948

Annual return on the S&P 500: 5.7%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.02%

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William P. Gottlieb // Wikicommons

1949

Annual return on the S&P 500: 18.3%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.1%

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Kheel Center

1950

Annual return on the S&P 500: 30.81%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.17%

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Joe+Jeanette Archie // Wikimedia Commons

1951

Annual return on the S&P 500: 23.68%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.48%

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Kheel Center // Flickr

1952

Annual return on the S&P 500: 18.15%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.67%

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U.S. Navy

1953

Annual return on the S&P 500: -1.21%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.89%

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Center For Jewish History // Wikicommons

1954

Annual return on the S&P 500: 52.56%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.96%

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National Archief // Wikicommons

1955

Annual return on the S&P 500: 32.6%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.66%

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Wikicommons

1956

Annual return on the S&P 500: 7.44%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 2.56%

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Old Guard Museum // Wikicommons

1957

Annual return on the S&P 500: -10.46%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.23%

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State Archives of North Carolina

1958

Annual return on the S&P 500: 43.72%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.78%

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Kheel Center

1959

Annual return on the S&P 500: 12.06%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.26%

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Kheel Center // Wikicommons

1960

Annual return on the S&P 500: 0.34%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.05%

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Wikicommons

1961

Annual return on the S&P 500: 26.64%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 2.27%

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NASA

1962

Annual return on the S&P 500: -8.81%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 2.78%

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Flickr

1963

Annual return on the S&P 500: 22.61%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.11%

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Wikicommons

1964

Annual return on the S&P 500: 16.42%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.51%

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Wikicommons

1965

Annual return on the S&P 500: 12.4%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.9%

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Cobravictor // Flickr

1966

Annual return on the S&P 500: -9.97%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.84%

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George Eastman House // Wikicommons

1967

Annual return on the S&P 500: 23.8%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.33%

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Wikicomons

1968

Annual return on the S&P 500: 10.81%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.26%

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1969

Annual return on the S&P 500: -8.24%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 6.56%

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Wikicommons

1970

Annual return on the S&P 500: 3.56%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 6.69%

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U.S. National Archives // Flickr

1971

Annual return on the S&P 500: 14.22%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.54%

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Wikicommons

1972

Annual return on the S&P 500: 18.76%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.95%

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1973

Annual return on the S&P 500: -14.31%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 6.73%

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1974

Annual return on the S&P 500: -25.9%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 7.78%

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1975

Annual return on the S&P 500: 37%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.99%

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1976

Annual return on the S&P 500: 23.83%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.97%

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1977

Annual return on the S&P 500: -6.98%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.13%

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Wikicommons

1978

Annual return on the S&P 500: 6.51%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 6.93%

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Thomas J. O'Halloran // Wikicommons

1979

Annual return on the S&P 500: 18.52%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 9.94%

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David Foster

1980

Annual return on the S&P 500: 31.74%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 11.22%

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George Louis // Wikicommons

1981

Annual return on the S&P 500: -4.7%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 14.3%

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Wikicommons

1982

Annual return on the S&P 500: 20.42%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 11.01%

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Bradmays // Wikicommons

1983

Annual return on the S&P 500: 22.34%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 8.45%

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Wikicommons

1984

Annual return on the S&P 500: 6.15%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 9.61%

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Barbara Ann Spengler

1985

Annual return on the S&P 500: 31.24%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 7.49%

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Jeff Marquis

1986

Annual return on the S&P 500: 18.49%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 6.04%

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Ron Gilbert // Flickr

1987

Annual return on the S&P 500: 5.81%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.72%

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Wikicommons

1988

Annual return on the S&P 500: 16.54%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 6.45%

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PhillipC // Flickr

1989

Annual return on the S&P 500: 31.48%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 8.11%

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PhillipC // Flickr

1990

Annual return on the S&P 500: -3.06%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 7.55%

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Lars Plougmann // Wikicommons

1991

Annual return on the S&P 500: 30.23%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.61%

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Sander Lamme // Wikicommons

1992

Annual return on the S&P 500: 7.49%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.41%

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Carol M. Highsmith // Wikicommons

1993

Annual return on the S&P 500: 9.97%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 2.98%

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Karlunun // Wikicommons

1994

Annual return on the S&P 500: 1.33%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.99%

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Infrogmation of New Orleans // Wikicommons

1995

Annual return on the S&P 500: 37.2%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.52%

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Wikicommons

1996

Annual return on the S&P 500: 22.68%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.02%

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Eric Hunt // Wikicommons

1997

Annual return on the S&P 500: 33.1%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.05%

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PublicDomainPictures

1998

Annual return on the S&P 500: 28.34%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.73%

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Wikicommons

1999

Annual return on the S&P 500: 20.89%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.51%

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Rob Boudon // Wikicommons

2000

Annual return on the S&P 500: -9.03%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.76%

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U.S. Coast Guard

2001

Annual return on the S&P 500: -11.85%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.67%

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Luis Villa del Campo // Wikicommons

2002

Annual return on the S&P 500: -21.97%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.66%

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President of Russia

2003

Annual return on the S&P 500: 28.36%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.03%

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Andy C // Wikicommons

2004

Annual return on the S&P 500: 10.74%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.23%

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George W. Bush White House

2005

Annual return on the S&P 500: 4.83%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.01%

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bfishadow // Flickr

2006

Annual return on the S&P 500: 15.61%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.68%

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George W. Bush White House

2007

Annual return on the S&P 500: 5.48%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.64%

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Ryan Lawler // Wikicommons

2008

Annual return on the S&P 500: -36.55%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.59%

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Wikicommons

2009

Annual return on the S&P 500: 25.94%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.14%

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Flickr

2010

Annual return on the S&P 500: 14.82%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.13%

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David Shankbone // Wikicommons

2011

Annual return on the S&P 500: 2.1%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.03%

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Balon Greyjoy // Wikicommons

2012

Annual return on the S&P 500: 15.89%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.05%

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Wikicommons

2013

Annual return on the S&P 500: 32.15%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.07%

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George Rex // Flickr

2014

Annual return on the S&P 500: 13.52%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.05%

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National Park Service

2015

Annual return on the S&P 500: 1.38%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.21%

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Carlos Delgado; CC-BY-SA // WIkicommons

2016

Annual return on the S&P 500: 11.77%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.51%

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GoginkLobabi // Wikicommons

2017

Annual return on the S&P 500: 21.64%

Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.39%

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