S&P historical returns for 5 worst periods

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Wall Street has always been a fickle place. Bull and bear markets come and go, with some more memorable than others. The crash of 1929 ushered in one of the worst periods for investors. Stocks eventually rebounded, but investments of the day were crushed.

Looking at calendar years, Bankrate presents five of the worst five-year periods on Wall Street, according to our analysis of stock prices from Yale economist Robert Shiller. All five periods came in the aftermath of that crash and represent the worst periods in the S&P Composite Stock Price Index, using average December index values.