Earlier this week, on March 23rd, we wrapped up the best 1-year return in the history of the S&P 500.  After stocks bottomed on March 23rd, 2020, the S&P 500 index returned nearly 75% one year later.

As our featured chart above shows, that is the best rolling 1-year return for the index since its inception in 1957; and if when back-calculate the index to 1930, it’s the best return since the rebound after the crash during the Great Depression.

I would note, however, that even though this was a truly historic run, it is a bit misleading.  This is because it specifically measures the return one year later from the very lowest point stocks reached during the sell-off, and it lacks context.  If, for example, we were to calculate the performance over the past 13 months instead, the S&P 500 has gained a more modest 17%.


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Indices mentioned are unmanaged, do not incur fees, and cannot be invested into directly.

Past performance does not guarantee future results.