S&P 500 Historical Annual Returns [1928-2021]


S&P 500 Historical Return

The Standard & Poors Index was created in 1926 with 90 stocks to reflect the performance of the largest companies of the US Stock Market. In 1957, the index was renamed as S&P 500 Stock Composite Index to include the Top 500 Companies.

The S&P 500 index has generated around 10%-11% annual average returns based on S&P 500 historical data in the last 93 years (1928-2021). The index is one of the most popular equity indices to represent the U.S. Stock Market.

If you had invested $100 in the S&P 500 index in June of 1970, it would have grown to nearly $21,364.40 by the middle of 2021 (Dividends Reinvested). To Invest in S&P 500 Index, you can read this guide – How to Invest in S&P 500

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S&P 500 Index Details

FactorsDetails
Founded1957
YTD Return27.61% (as of 30 Dec 2021)
Total Stock505
Market Cap$40.73 Trillion (USD)
Top SectorsTechnology (29.3%), Consumer Discretionary (13.2%), Health Care (12.7) & Financials (10.8%)
Top CompaniesApple, Microsoft, Amazon, Tesla, Facebook & Google
Highest Gain46.59% (1933)
Highest Loss−47.07% (1931)

S&P 500 YTD Average Returns

The returns of the S&P 500 index are calculated based on many factors, such as inflation, time, and dividends. We have shared the average return of the YTD, 1, 3, 5, and 10 years for effective investing decisions.

Calendar Year Return (Last 10 Years)

Q. What is the difference between Total Return & Price Return?

There are two types of indexes in the stock market: price returns and total returns. A price return index only tracks capital gains realized over a given period, while an index that tracks total return considers all distributions received over this period, including dividends, interest, rights offerings, and other distributions.

S&P 500 Annual Return Chart (1928 to 2021)

In the below chart you easily can check the annual return of the S&P 500 index (Price Return) from 1928 to Dec 2021 –

YearReturn %
202127.61%
202016.26%
201928.88%
2018-6.24%
201719.42%
20169.54%
2015-0.73%
201411.39%
201329.60%
201213.41%
20110.00%
201012.78%
200923.45%
2008-38.49%
20073.53%
200613.62%
20053.00%
20048.99%
200326.38%
2002-23.37%
2001-13.04%
2000-10.14%
199919.53%
199826.67%
199731.01%
199620.26%
199534.11%
1994-1.54%
19937.06%
19924.46%
199126.31%
1990-6.56%
198927.25%
198812.40%
19872.03%
198614.62%
198526.33%
19841.40%
198317.27%
198214.76%
1981-9.73%
198025.77%
197912.31%
19781.06%
1977-11.50%
197619.15%
197531.55%
1974-29.72%
1973-17.37%
197215.63%
197110.79%
19700.10%
1969-11.36%
19687.66%
196720.09%
1966-13.09%
19659.06%
196412.97%
196318.89%
1962-11.81%
196123.13%
1960-2.97%
19598.48%
195838.06%
1957-14.31%
19562.62%
195526.40%
195445.02%
1953-6.62%
195211.78%
195116.46%
195021.78%
194910.26%
1948-0.65%
19470.00%
1946-11.87%
194530.72%
194413.80%
194319.45%
194212.43%
1941-17.86%
1940-15.29%
1939-5.45%
193825.21%
1937-38.59%
193627.92%
193541.37%
1934-5.94%
193346.59%
1932-15.15%
1931-47.07%
1930-28.48%
1929-11.91%
192837.88%

S&P 500 Historical Price Chart

S&P 500 Historical Price Chart

In this table, you can see the Performance of the S&P 500 with opening price, and the closing price:-

YearOpening PriceClosing Price
20213,700.654,793.06
20203,257.853,756.07
20192,510.033,230.78
20182,695.812,506.85
20172,257.832,673.61
20162,012.662,238.83
20152,058.202,043.94
20141,831.982,058.90
20131,462.421,848.36
20121,277.061,426.19
20111,271.871,257.60
20101,132.991,257.64
2009931.801,115.10
20081,447.16903.25
20071,416.601,468.36
20061,268.801,418.30
20051,202.081,248.29
20041,108.481,211.92
2003909.031,111.92
20021,154.67879.82
20011,283.271,148.08
20001,455.221,320.28
19991,228.101,469.25
1998975.041,229.23
1997737.01970.43
1996620.73740.74
1995459.11615.93
1994465.44459.27
1993435.38466.45
1992417.26435.71
1991326.45417.09
1990359.69330.22
1989275.31353.40
1988255.94277.72
1987246.45247.08
1986209.59242.17
1985165.37211.28
1984164.04167.24
1983138.34164.93
1982122.74140.64
1981136.34122.55
1980105.76135.76
197996.73107.94
197893.8296.11
1977107.0095.10
197690.90107.46
197570.2390.19
197497.6868.56
1973119.1097.55
1972101.67118.05
197191.15102.09
197093.0092.15
1969103.9392.06
196896.11103.86
196780.3896.47
196692.1880.33
196584.2392.43
196475.4384.75
196362.6975.02
196270.9663.10
196157.5771.55
196059.9158.11
195955.4459.89
195840.3355.21
195746.2039.99
195645.1646.67
195536.7545.48
195424.9535.98
195326.5424.81
195223.8026.57
195120.7723.77
195016.6620.41
194914.9516.76
194815.3415.20
194715.2015.30
194617.2515.30
194513.3317.36
194411.6613.28
19439.8411.67
19428.899.77
194110.488.69
194012.6310.58
193913.0812.49
193810.5213.21
193717.0210.55
193613.4017.18
19359.5113.43
193410.119.50
19336.8310.10
19327.826.89
193115.858.12
193021.1815.34
192924.8121.45
192817.7624.35

S&P 500 Vs Nasdaq 100 vs Dow 30

You can also compare the S&P return with Nasdaq 100 Returns and Dow Jones Returns –

Disclaimer ✋

The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for investment advice. Data on past performance, where given, is not necessarily a guide to future performance. So before investing you should carefully consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses.


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