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How Much Does the Stock Market Return?

How Much Does the Stock Market Return?

Most analysts agree that historically the stock market has returned an average of 7% — 10% per year over the last 100+ years.

Now, the first thing to understand is that 7% — 10% is an average return over long stretches of time. It’s not what you should actually expect to return each year.

For example, in 2008 the S&P 500 (a collection of the 500 biggest companies on the market) returned a devastating -38.5% loss as the stock market crashed. The very next year, it rallied for a strong +23.5% return.


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How Much Do Dividends Contribute to Stock Market Returns?

History shows that dividends play a large role in stock market returns over time.

While it varies by decade, over time dividends have contributed about 40% of the total return of the stock market.


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While Some Investors Are Good at Buying Stocks, Most Are Not

Most investors tend to make big mistakes that prevent them from achieving 7% — 10% annual return.

The average investor tends to make common mistakes that devastate his returns. Extraordinary investors can actually beat the market over the long term, earning more than 7% — 10% in annual returns. Every extra percentage point of annual performance will make an enormous difference in your long-term wealth. The magic of compound interest is the key to compounding your returns over the long term.


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Stocks and Compound Interest — 5 Big Lessons

When it comes to the power of compound returns in the stock market, there are five very important takeaways: 

  • The longer you’re invested in the market, the more your money will grow. 
  • The higher your annual investing returns, the more your money will grow. 
  • Small improvements in your investment returns can make a HUGE difference in your wealth over time. 
  • The more you can avoid paying taxes on your investment gains, the more your money will grow. 
  • Solid stock investment returns compounded over long periods of time create almost magical amounts of wealth. 


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