Major Index Returns by Year: A Visual Guide

Published on by on July 16, 2013 | Updated February 25, 2014

The S&P 500 was introduced in 1923, and investors still turn to it and many other prestigious indexes to get a read on the general markets of the world. Below, we take a look at some of the most popular benchmarks from around the world to see how they have performed on an annual basis.

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Annual Returns for 1970
S&P 500
0.01%

Annual Returns for 1971
S&P 500
10.79%

Annual Returns for 1972
S&P GSCI
31.46%
S&P 500
15.63%

Annual Returns for 1973
S&P GSCI
48.65%
S&P 500
−17.37%

Annual Returns for 1974
S&P GSCI
20.71%
S&P 500
−28.72%

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