The charts in this series show you stock market performance in the form of rolling index returns. Rolling returns give you a much better indication of stock market performance than most other ways of looking at market returns.
Rolling returns do not go by calendar year; instead, they look at every one year, three year, five year, etc. time period beginning each month anew over the historical time frame selected.
Every four years, the same question, “It’s an election year, what will the stock market do?” The table in this article shows the return of the S&P 500 Index for each election year since 1928.
A stock market map provides a unique and colorful way to view the performance of stocks, asset classes, sectors, or an entire country’s stock market relative to its peers. You'll find any of these five market maps quite interesting.
Bear markets, defined as a period of time where the market goes down 20% or more from peak to trough, happen frequently. This article provides some great statistics on how often they occur, how long they last, and how quickly the market typically recovers.
This article contains a table which shows you the historical stock market performance from 1973 through the end of last year, on a year by year basis. Negative stock market returns occur, on average, one out of every four years. Over time, you will see the positive years outweigh the negative years.
5 Ways To Look At Stock Market Performance
Stock market performance from alternative perspectives
Stock market performance can be shown in many different ways. There are rolling returns, tables, charts, and graphs, and even things called stock market maps.
Here you’ll find five ways to view past stock market performance; some bright and colorful, others that take a more intellectual viewpoint.