The bumpy road to the market’s long-term average

15th April 2021

Since 1980, the Australian stock market has rewarded investors with an average return of about 13%.


  • Annual returns came within two percentage points of the market’s log-term average of 13% in just four of the past 41 years
  • Yearly returns have ranged as high as up 67% and as low as 39%
  • since 1980, annual returns have been positive 30 times and negative 11 times


Understanding the range of potential outcomes can help you stick with a plan and ride out the inevitable ups and downs


Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. Actual returns may be lower. Investing risks include loss of principle and fluctuating value. there is no guarantee an investment strategy will be successful. Indices are not available for direct investment. Index returns are not representative of actual portfolios and do not reflect costs and fees associated with an actual investment

In AUD. S&P/ASX data reproduced with the permission of S&P Index Services Australia.

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