- Since 1973 the S&P 500® Index has posted considerable gains—over this period the index has averaged over 10% per year in gains after reinvesting dividends, before taxes and fees.
- However, investigating other 45-year periods (going as far back as 1871) leads to a more useful picture of the index’s performance across differing economic environments.
- According to history, it’s better to invest in the index over longer periods in order to increase the likelihood of providing favorable returns and decrease the likelihood of losing money.
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