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Here you'll find past annual investment return data, including contemporaneous commentary and dividend math. For the newest data (and other investment tools), visit the Investing page.

2019 Bitcoin Return

Bitcoin returned 92.00% in 2019, not including any transaction fees. After midnight UTC on January 1, 2019, bitcoin traded at $3,746.71 a coin. And the closing trade on December 31, 2019, before midnight UTC was for $7,193.60 a coin. The 2019 Bitcoin Return: Speculation, but Greater Acceptance 92% is a heck of a return. Contrast […]

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2019 NASDAQ Return

The 2019 NASDAQ return was 37.89% calculated from opening and closing prices. Using a superior calculation factoring in dividend reinvestment, the NASDAQ returned 39.39% in 2019. The 2019 NASDAQ Return: Reinvest Your Dividends The above numbers assume you bought the NASDAQ index at the open on January 2nd, 2019 and sold at the close on […]

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2019 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return

The Dow Jones Industrial Average returned 23.76% in 2019. Using a calculation including dividend reinvestment, the Dow Jones returned 25.34% in 2019. 2019 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return: Reinvest Your Dividends The numbers above match an index price purchase on open on January 2nd, 2019 and sold at close on December 31, 2019. This is […]

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2019 S&P 500 Return

The S&P 500 Price index returned 30.43% in 2019. Using a better calculation including dividend reinvestment, the S&P 500 returned 33.07%. The 2019 S&P 500 Return: Buy, Hold and Reinvest The quoted numbers are returns all in one year (2019) – you bought the absolute open on January 2nd, 2019 and sold the closing trade […]

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2018 Bitcoin Return

The 2018 bitcoin return was -73.56% compared to the US Dollar not including any transaction fees. At midnight UTC to open 2018 on January 1, bitcoin traded at $14,156.40 per coin. At midnight UTC to close December 2018 bitcoin traded at $3,742.70 per coin. Compare the 3/4 loss on bitcoin in 2018 to the whopping […]

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2018 NASDAQ Return

The 2018 NASDAQ return was -4.36% calculated from opening and closing prices. Using a superior calculation factoring in dividend reinvestment, the NASDAQ returned -3.33% in 2018. The 2018 NASDAQ Return: Reinvest Your Dividends The above numbers assume you bought the NASDAQ index at the open on January 2nd, 2018 and sold at the close on […]

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2018 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return

The Dow Jones Industrial Average returned -5.97% in 2018. Using a calculation including dividend reinvestment, the Dow Jones returned -3.48% in 2018. 2018 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return: Reinvest Your Dividends The numbers above match an index purchase on open on January 2nd, 2018 and sold at close on December 31, 2018. Alternatively, if you […]

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2018 S&P 500 Return

The S&P 500 Price index returned -6.59% in 2018. Using a better calculation which includes dividend reinvestment, the S&P 500 returned -4.75%. The 2018 S&P 500 Return: Buy, Hold and Reinvest The quoted numbers require that you bought the opening trade on January 2nd, 2018 and sold the closing trade on December 31, 2018. If […]

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2017 Bitcoin Return

The 2017 Bitcoin return was +1,318% not including any transaction fees. At midnight UTC after 12/31/2016 bitcoin traded at 998.33 a coin and one year later traded at 14,156.4 a coin. 2017 Bitcoin Return: Cryptocurrency is Not an Investment Bitcoin is a digital currency built on top of a public, digital ledger known as a […]

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Where Does 2018 Rank in Annual S&P 500 Returns?

The S&P 500 and the broader equity markets continue to outperform and have seen annual inflation-adjusted 15.8% returns from March 2009 through the end of December 2017. More recently, from November 2016 to January 2017, the S&P 500 has returned 22.3% in total. Annual S&P 500 Returns Vary Wildly I started with each year's inflation […]

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