How Markets Have Performed Over a Decade

December 9, 2019

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Too often we look at financial markets by quarter, but it's interesting to see how they perform over a decade, further speaking to how we should look at everything with a more long-term mentality. Here is how US GDP, unemployment, and the S&P 500 have performed over the past 10 years. It's interesting to note how the US economy keeps growing over time regardless of major events. GDP is up almost 50% in a decade! And this is after a massive recession that more closely resembled a depression. Most recessions have been far milder. The American economy is a SPECTACULAR machine indeed!
 
YEAR. GDP. Unemployment. S&P 500 EVENT
 
  • 2009 $14.42 9.4% 1,144 Stimulus Act
  • 2010 $14.96 9.6% 1,245 ACA, Dodd-Frank
  • 2011 $15.52 9% 1,265 Japan earthquake
  • 2012. $16.16 7.9%. 1,402 Fiscal cliff
  • 2013 $16.69 6.7% 1,830 Sequestration
  • 2014 $17.43 5.6% 2,040 QE ends
  • 2015. $18.12. 5% 2,044 TPP, Iran deal
  • 2016. $18.62 4.7%. 2,238 Presidential race
  • 2017 $19.39 4.1%. 2,673 New Tax Act
  • 2018 $20.5 3.9%. 2,506 Deficit spending
  • 2019 $21.4 3.6% 3,145 Trade wars
*(WORLD BANK), GDP in Trillions

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