by Mary Suplee on Mar 2, 2018
The U.S. stock market has delivered an average annual return of around 10% since 1926. But short-term results may vary, and in any given period stock returns can be positive, negative or flat. When setting expectations, it's helpful to understand the range of outcomes experienced by investors historically. For example, how often have the stock market's annual returns actually aligned with its long-term average?