Over the past (almost) 40 years, the S&P 500 has been an exceptionally good place to build wealth. During this 39.5-year period, the average rate of return is 11.95% per year.
According to JP Morgan’s Guide to The Market, the S&P 500 has averaged an 11.3% rate of return from 1950-2020.
The worst 20-year rolling rate of return was 6% per year (the best was 17%).
I feel very comfortable building my plan around a 6% rate of return and being optimistic for more!
Information in this material is for general information only and not intended as investment, tax, or legal advice. Please consult the appropriate professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation prior to making any financial decision.
This is not a recommendation for VFINX. This was to simply illustrate the long-term performance of the S&P 500 (an index that you cannot invest in directly). Past performance is no indication of future results.