Category: Returns

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.

2021 Bitcoin Return

Bitcoin returned 60.27% in 2021, not including any transaction fees. At 7:00 PM Eastern Time on December 31, 2020, bitcoin traded at $28,948. If you sold at 7:00 PM Eastern Time on December 31, 2021, bitcoin was trading at $46,394 per coin. The 2021 Bitcoin Return: Quite a Ride Bitcoin really started taking off in […]

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2021 NASDAQ Return

The NASDAQ returned 20.73% in 2021. Using a better calculation, which includes dividend reinvestment, the NASDAQ returned 22.17%. The 2021 NASDAQ Return: Even in Tech You Should Reinvest The above returns assumed you bought the NASDAQ index at the open on January 4th, 2021 and sold at close on December 31, 2021. That's the maximum […]

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2021 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return

The Dow Jones Industrial Average returned 18.65% in 2021. Using a better calculation including dividend reinvestment, the Dow Jones returned 20.94%. 2021 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return: Reinvest Your Dividends I ran the above calculation for an index purchase at open on January 4th, 2021 and sold at close on December 31, 2021. This is […]

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2021 S&P 500 Return

The S&P 500 Price index returned 26.61% in 2021. Using a better calculation which includes dividend reinvestment, the S&P 500 returned 28.41%. Maximizing 2021 S&P 500 Return: Buy It, Hold It, and Reinvest It There are two ways to compute an annual return, and the numbers I just quoted you assume you did all your […]

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2020 Bitcoin Return

Bitcoin returned 307.83% in 2020, not including any transaction fees. After midnight (in the morning) on January 1, 2020, bitcoin's first trade was at $7,205.55 a coin. And the closing trade on December 31, 2020, before midnight was for $29,374.15 a coin. The 2020 Bitcoin Return: Speculation, and Greater Acceptance 307.8% is an eye popping […]

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2020 S&P 500 Return

The S&P 500 Price index returned 15.76% in 2020. Using a better calculation including dividend reinvestment, the S&P 500 returned 17.88%. Maximizing 2020 S&P 500 Return: Buying, Holding... and Reinvesting The numbers I quote in the intro assume you did all of your investing in a single year. That is, you bought the absolute opening […]

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2020 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return

The Dow Jones Industrial Average returned 6.87% in 2020. Using a better calculation, which includes dividend reinvestment, the Dow Jones returned 9.70%. 2020 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return: Reinvest Your Dividends I ran the above calculation for an index purchase at open on January 2nd, 2020 and sold at close on December 31, 2020. This […]

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2020 NASDAQ Return

The NASDAQ returned 42.58% in 2020. Using a better calculation, which includes dividend reinvestment, the NASDAQ returned 42.99%. The 2020 NASDAQ Return: Even in Tech You Should Reinvest The above numbers assume you bought the NASDAQ index at the open on January 2nd, 2020 and sold at close on December 31, 2020. This is the […]

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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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