S&P historical returns for 5 best periods

Graph source: Robert Shiller

Year: 1997

Increase over previous 5 years: 120.9 percent

The Asian financial crisis briefly knocked the wind out of the stock market's sails in October 1997. That month, stock prices suddenly dropped in the space of one week, with the S&P 500 losing nearly 10 percent. Nonetheless, markets rallied to end the year on a high note. Between January 1995 and the end of 1997, the market gained about 111 percent as the tech industry flourished.


Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us

Learn the latest trends that will help grow your portfolio, plus tips on investing strategies. Delivered weekly.

CDs and Investment

Can heirs cash an old trust?

Dear Dr. Don, The youngest of 6 children, I am 48 years old. My father joined the Navy at 22. In Italy, he met his bride and my mother, and returned to the U.S. to raise our family. In 1959, he bought a trust certificate... Read more



Dr Don Taylor

Recognizing a loss to boost your yield

In taxable accounts, your capital losses can be used to offset your net long-term capital gains.  ... Read more

Partner Center

Connect with us