Does the S&P500 return 10% annual for 48 years? Google is your friend.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%26P_500About 3/4 of the way down:"CAGR: 9.94% 1970 thru 2012"http://financeandinvestments.blogspot.com/2012/06/historical..."The annualized return for the S&P 500 Index (and its precursor S&P 90 Index) between 1926 and 2011 was about 9.77%. "http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewarticle/articleid/2..." the 25-year annualized return is about 9.61%."http://dqydj.net/sp-500-return-calculator/Enter starting date Jan 1965ending date Dec 2012click CalculateAnswer: •Annualized S&P 500 Return (Dividends Reinvested) : 9.298% http://www.simplestockinvesting.com/SP500-historical-real-to...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%Also:"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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