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Historical Average Returns

Of the Stock Market

 

 

 

US Stock Market Average Annual Returns

 

Source: Ibbotson Associates

 

"Time in the Market" Versus "Timing the Market,"

30 year period 1963-1993

 

Source: University of Michigan

 

History of the Dow Jones Industrial Average
1900-2005

 

 

NASDAQ Composite Index Performance 1938-2004

 

Date

High

 Low

 Close

12/31/1938

6.44

5.65

6.09

12/31/1939

6.78

5.35

6.71

12/31/1940

7.36

5.79

6.82

12/31/1941

7.05

5.64

5.64

12/31/1942

6.22

5.31

6.15

12/31/1943

7.85

6.20

7.51

12/31/1944

9.31

7.64

9.31

12/31/1945

12.65

9.32

12.39

12/31/1946

13.81

10.05

11.03

12/31/1947

12.07

10.15

11.64

12/31/1948

12.15

10.57

10.57

12/31/1949

11.31

8.93

11.31

12/31/1950

13.89

11.00

13.89

12/31/1951

16.29

13.93

15.34

12/31/1952

15.96

14.47

15.55

12/31/1953

16.01

14.26

15.17

12/31/1954

22.07

15.20

22.07

12/31/1955

25.86

21.86

25.46

12/31/1956

30.20

25.33

28.35

12/31/1957

30.54

22.97

23.11

12/31/1958

32.83

23.37

32.71

12/31/1959

35.22

32.58

34.97

12/31/1960

35.14

30.69

34.46

12/31/1961

46.29

34.23

45.37

12/31/1962

46.36

32.20

38.56

12/31/1963

46.78

38.60

46.44

12/31/1964

58.06

46.74

57.17

12/31/1965

69.36

55.71

66.98

12/31/1966

68.04

54.45

63.93

12/31/1967

83.09

63.93

80.94

12/31/1968

103.65

72.62

101.80

12/31/1969

105.24

82.34

99.39

12/31/1970

101.95

66.57

89.61

12/31/1971

114.12

89.06

114.12

12/31/1972

135.15

113.65

133.73

12/31/1973

136.84

88.67

92.19

12/31/1974

96.53

54.87

59.82

12/31/1975

88.00

60.70

77.62

12/31/1976

97.88

78.06

97.88

12/31/1977

105.05

93.66

105.05

12/31/1978

139.25

99.09

117.98

12/31/1979

152.29

117.84

151.14

12/31/1980

208.15

124.09

202.34

12/31/1981

223.47

175.03

195.84

12/31/1982

240.70

159.14

232.41

12/31/1983

328.91

230.59

278.60

12/31/1984

287.90

225.30

247.35

12/31/1985

325.16

245.91

324.39

12/31/1986

411.16

323.01

348.81

12/31/1987

455.26

291.88

330.47

12/31/1988

396.11

331.97

381.38

12/31/1989

485.73

378.56

454.82

12/31/1990

469.60

325.44

373.84

12/31/1991

586.34

355.75

586.34

12/31/1992

676.95

547.84

676.95

12/31/1993

787.42

645.87

776.80

12/31/1994

803.93

693.79

751.96

12/31/1995

1069.79

743.58

1052.13

12/31/1996

1316.27

988.57

1291.03

12/31/1997

1745.85

1201.02

1570.35

12/31/1998

2192.68

1419.12

2192.68

12/31/1999

4069.31

2208.05

4069.31

12/31/2000

5048.62

2332.77

2470.52

12/31/2001

2859.15

1423.19

1950.40

12/31/2002

2059.38

1114.11

1335.51

12/31/2003

2009.88

1271.47

2003.37

12/31/2004

2175.44

1752.49

2178.34

Source: Global Financial Data