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

  • 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.

  • 1928
    2/ Alexandra Studios // Wikicommons

    1928

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 43.81%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.08%

  • 1929
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    1929

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.16%

  • 1930
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    1930

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.55%

  • 1931
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    1931

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 2.31%

  • 1932
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    1932

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.07%

  • 1933
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    1933

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 49.98%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.96%

  • 1934
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    1934

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.32%

  • 1935
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    1935

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 46.74%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.18%

  • 1936
    10/ Berenice Abbott // Wikicommons

    1936

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 31.94%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.17%

  • 1937
    11/ 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%

  • 1938
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    1938

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 29.28%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.08%

  • 1939
    13/ Florida Keys--Public Libraries // Wikicommons

    1939

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.04%

  • 1940
    14/ Abbie Rowe // Wikicommons

    1940

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.03%

  • 1941
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    1941

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.08%

  • 1942
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    1942

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 19.17%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.34%

  • 1943
    17/ Marjory Collins // Wikicommons

    1943

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 25.06%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.38%

  • 1944
    18/ William P. Gottlieb // Wikicommons

    1944

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 19.03%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.38%

  • 1945
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    1945

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 35.82%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.38%

  • 1946
    20/ New York Public Library // Flickr

    1946

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.38%

  • 1947
    21/ William P. Gottlieb // Wikicommons

    1947

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 5.2%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.57%

  • 1948
    22/ William P. Gottlieb // Wikicommons

    1948

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 5.7%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.02%

  • 1949
    23/ William P. Gottlieb // Wikicommons

    1949

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 18.3%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.1%

  • 1950
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    1950

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 30.81%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.17%

  • 1951
    25/ Joe+Jeanette Archie // Wikimedia Commons

    1951

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 23.68%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.48%

  • 1952
    26/ Kheel Center // Flickr

    1952

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 18.15%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.67%

  • 1953
    27/ U.S. Navy

    1953

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.89%

  • 1954
    28/ Center For Jewish History // Wikicommons

    1954

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 52.56%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.96%

  • 1955
    29/ National Archief // Wikicommons

    1955

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 32.6%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.66%

  • 1956
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    1956

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 7.44%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 2.56%

  • 1957
    31/ Old Guard Museum // Wikicommons

    1957

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.23%

  • 1958
    32/ State Archives of North Carolina

    1958

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 43.72%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.78%

  • 1959
    33/ Kheel Center

    1959

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 12.06%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.26%

  • 1960
    34/ Kheel Center // Wikicommons

    1960

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 0.34%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.05%

  • 1961
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    1961

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 26.64%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 2.27%

  • 1962
    36/ NASA

    1962

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 2.78%

  • 1963
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    1963

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 22.61%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.11%

  • 1964
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    1964

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 16.42%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.51%

  • 1965
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    1965

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 12.4%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.9%

  • 1966
    40/ Cobravictor // Flickr

    1966

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.84%

  • 1967
    41/ George Eastman House // Wikicommons

    1967

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 23.8%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.33%

  • 1968
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    1968

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 10.81%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.26%

  • 1969
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    1969

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 6.56%

  • 1970
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    1970

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 3.56%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 6.69%

  • 1971
    45/ U.S. National Archives // Flickr

    1971

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 14.22%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.54%

  • 1972
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    1972

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 18.76%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.95%

  • 1973
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    1973

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 6.73%

  • 1974
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    1974

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 7.78%

  • 1975
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    1975

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 37%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.99%

  • 1976
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    1976

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 23.83%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.97%

  • 1977
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    1977

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.13%

  • 1978
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    1978

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 6.51%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 6.93%

  • 1979
    53/ Thomas J. O'Halloran // Wikicommons

    1979

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 18.52%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 9.94%

  • 1980
    54/ David Foster

    1980

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 31.74%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 11.22%

  • 1981
    55/ George Louis // Wikicommons

    1981

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 14.3%

  • 1982
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    1982

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 20.42%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 11.01%

  • 1983
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    1983

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 22.34%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 8.45%

  • 1984
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    1984

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 6.15%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 9.61%

  • 1985
    59/ Barbara Ann Spengler

    1985

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 31.24%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 7.49%

  • 1986
    60/ Jeff Marquis

    1986

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 18.49%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 6.04%

  • 1987
    61/ Ron Gilbert // Flickr

    1987

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 5.81%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.72%

  • 1988
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    1988

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 16.54%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 6.45%

  • 1989
    63/ PhillipC // Flickr

    1989

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 31.48%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 8.11%

  • 1990
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    1990

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 7.55%

  • 1991
    65/ Lars Plougmann // Wikicommons

    1991

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 30.23%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.61%

  • 1992
    66/ Sander Lamme // Wikicommons

    1992

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 7.49%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.41%

  • 1993
    67/ Carol M. Highsmith // Wikicommons

    1993

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 9.97%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 2.98%

  • 1994
    68/ Karlunun // Wikicommons

    1994

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 1.33%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.99%

  • 1995
    69/ Infrogmation of New Orleans // Wikicommons

    1995

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 37.2%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.52%

  • 1996
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    1996

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 22.68%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.02%

  • 1997
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    1997

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 33.1%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.05%

  • 1998
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    1998

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 28.34%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.73%

  • 1999
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    1999

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 20.89%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.51%

  • 2000
    74/ Rob Boudon // Wikicommons

    2000

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 5.76%

  • 2001
    75/ U.S. Coast Guard

    2001

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.67%

  • 2002
    76/ Luis Villa del Campo // Wikicommons

    2002

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.66%

  • 2003
    77/ President of Russia

    2003

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 28.36%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.03%

  • 2004
    78/ Andy C // Wikicommons

    2004

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 10.74%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.23%

  • 2005
    79/ George W. Bush White House

    2005

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 4.83%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 3.01%

  • 2006
    80/ bfishadow // Flickr

    2006

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 15.61%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.68%

  • 2007
    81/ George W. Bush White House

    2007

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 5.48%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 4.64%

  • 2008
    82/ Ryan Lawler // Wikicommons

    2008

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

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 1.59%

  • 2009
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    2009

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 25.94%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.14%

  • 2010
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    2010

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 14.82%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.13%

  • 2011
    85/ David Shankbone // Wikicommons

    2011

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 2.1%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.03%

  • 2012
    86/ Balon Greyjoy // Wikicommons

    2012

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 15.89%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.05%

  • 2013
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    2013

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 32.15%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.07%

  • 2014
    88/ George Rex // Flickr

    2014

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 13.52%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.05%

  • 2015
    89/ National Park Service

    2015

    Annual return on the S&P 500: 1.38%

    Annual return on 3-month Treasury bills: 0.21%

  • 2016
    90/ 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%

  • 2017
    91/ 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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