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Does the S&P500 return 10% annual for 48 years?
Google is your friend.
About 3/4 of the way down:
"CAGR: 9.94% 1970 thru 2012"
"The annualized return for the S&P 500 Index (and its precursor S&P 90 Index) between 1926 and 2011 was about 9.77%. "
" the 25-year annualized return is about 9.61%."
Enter starting date Jan 1965
ending date Dec 2012
click Calculate
Answer: •Annualized S&P 500 Return (Dividends Reinvested) : 9.298%
Down near the bottom of the page:
The following table shows average annual results for each decade:
Average Annual Total Return 1950-2009: 11.0%

"According to Standard & Poor's, the dividend component was responsible for 44% of the total return of the last 80 years of the index."

Really, this is common knowledge among people who have any familiarity with the stock market.
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