Visualizing Historical S&P 500 Returns as Constellations

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Have you ever woke up in the morning and thought “I wonder what the S&P 500 historical annual returns look like as constellations, broken down by 10, 15, and 20 year periods”?

Of course you have. Luckily for you, here are some handy charts to help you visualize those constellations.

Historical 10 Year Returns

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How to interpret this graph: An investment in the S&P 500 in 1950 returned 19.5% annually over the next 10 years.

Highest 10 year return period: 1950 – 1959 (19.5%)

Lowest 10 year return period: 1999 – 2008 (-1.4%)

Average 10 year annual return: 10.5%


Historical 15 Year Returns

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How to interpret this graph: An investment in the S&P 500 in 1950 returned 16.4% annually over the next 15 years.

Highest 15 year return period: 1985 – 1999 (18.8%)

Lowest 15 year return period: 1960 – 1974 (4.3%)

Average 15 year annual return: 10.5%


Historical 20 Year Returns

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How to interpret this graph: An investment in the S&P 500 in 1950 returned 13.4% annually over the next 20 years.

Highest 20 year return period: 1980 – 1999 (17.7%)

Lowest 20 year return period: 1959 – 1978 (6.5%)

Average 20 year annual return: 10.7%


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