A Look at Stock Market Returns Over 30 Years

Based on the S&P, the average annual return of the stock market is approximately 10%. However, when adjusting that for inflation, it is closer to 6-7%. Looking at the chart, you’ll see how the market fluctuated over the past three decades. Most financial professionals recommend holding onto investments when the market takes a dip rather than selling at a loss because chances are, with time, you’ll gain back losses.

Here’s what the average stock market return looks like for the last three decades.

Source MoneyChimp, 2022