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Dow Jones Historical Returns Since Inception

Dow Jones returns since inception
Dow Jones returns since inception
  • Dow Jones historical returns since inception (1897).
  • Dow Jones (DJIA) annual returns calculated from closing index values as on last trading day of December.
  • Dow Jones (DJIA) yearly rolling return is absolute return.
  • Dow Jones (DJIA) historical 5, 10 years rolling return is compound return (CAGR).

Dow Jones Yearly Returns

YearDow JonesYearly Returns
189749
18986122%
1899669%
1900718%
190165-9%
190264-0.4%
190349-24%
19047043%
19059738%
190694-2%
190759-38%
19088647%
19099915%
191081-18%
1911820%
1912888%
191379-10%
191455-31%
19159982%
191695-4%
191774-22%
19188211%
191910730%
192072-33%
19218112%
19229821%
192396-3%
192412126%
192515730%
19261570%
192720128%
192830049%
1929248-17%
1930165-34%
193178-53%
193260-23%
19339964%
19341045%
193514439%
193618025%
1937121-33%
193815428%
1939150-3%
1940131-13%
1941111-15%
19421198%
194313614%
194415212%
194519327%
1946177-8%
19471812%
1948177-2%
194920113%
195023517%
195126914%
19522928%
1953281-4%
195440444%
195548821%
19564992%
1957436-13%
195858434%
195967916%
1960616-9%
196173119%
1962652-11%
196376317%
196487415%
196596911%
1966786-19%
196790515%
19689444%
1969800-15%
19708395%
19718906%
19721,02015%
1973851-17%
1974616-28%
197585238%
19761,00518%
1977831-17%
1978805-3%
19798394%
198096415%
1981875-9%
19821,04720%
19831,25920%
19841,212-4%
19851,54728%
19861,89623%
19871,9392%
19882,16912%
19892,75327%
19902,634-4%
19913,16920%
19923,3014%
19933,75414%
19943,8342%
19955,11733%
19966,44826%
19977,90823%
19989,18116%
199911,49725%
200010,787-6%
200110,022-7%
20028,342-17%
200310,45425%
200410,7833%
200510,718-1%
200612,46316%
200713,2656%
20088,776-34%
200910,42819%
201011,57811%
201112,2186%
201213,1047%
201316,57726%
201417,8238%
201517,425-2%
201619,76313%
201724,71925%
201823,327-6%

Dow Jones 5 Year Returns

YearDow Jones5 Years Return
189749
189861
189966
190071
190165
1902645%
190349-4%
1904701%
1905976%
1906948%
190759-2%
19088612%
1909997%
191081-3%
191182-3%
1912888%
191379-2%
191455-11%
1915994%
1916953%
191774-3%
1918821%
191910714%
192072-6%
192181-3%
1922986%
1923963%
19241212%
192515717%
192615714%
192720115%
192830026%
192924816%
19301651%
193178-13%
193260-21%
193399-20%
1934104-16%
1935144-3%
193618018%
193712115%
19381549%
19391508%
1940131-2%
1941111-9%
1942119-0.2%
1943136-3%
19441520.3%
19451938%
194617710%
19471819%
19481775%
19492016%
19502354%
19512699%
195229210%
195328110%
195440415%
195548816%
195649913%
19574368%
195858416%
195967911%
19606165%
19617318%
19626528%
19637636%
19648745%
19659699%
19667861%
19679057%
19689444%
1969800-2%
1970839-3%
19718903%
19721,0202%
1973851-2%
1974616-5%
19758520.3%
19761,0052%
1977831-4%
1978805-1%
19798396%
19809642%
1981875-3%
19821,0475%
19831,2599%
19841,2128%
19851,54710%
19861,89617%
19871,93913%
19882,16911%
19892,75318%
19902,63411%
19913,16911%
19923,30111%
19933,75412%
19943,8347%
19955,11714%
19966,44815%
19977,90819%
19989,18120%
199911,49725%
200010,78716%
200110,0229%
20028,3421%
200310,4543%
200410,783-1%
200510,718-0.1%
200612,4634%
200713,26510%
20088,776-3%
200910,428-1%
201011,5782%
201112,218-0.4%
201213,104-0.2%
201316,57714%
201417,82311%
201517,4259%
201619,76310%
201724,71914%
201823,3277%

Dow Jones 10 Year Returns

YearDow Jones10 Years Return
189749
189861
189966
190071
190165
190264
190349
190470
190597
190694
1907592%
1908864%
1909994%
1910811%
1911822%
1912883%
1913795%
191455-2%
1915990.3%
1916950.1%
1917742%
191882-0.5%
19191071%
192072-1%
192181-0.1%
1922981%
1923962%
19241218%
19251575%
19261575%
192720110%
192830014%
19292489%
19301659%
193178-0.4%
193260-5%
1933990.3%
1934104-1%
1935144-1%
19361801%
1937121-5%
1938154-6%
1939150-5%
1940131-2%
19411114%
19421197%
19431363%
19441524%
19451933%
1946177-0.2%
19471814%
19481771%
19492013%
19502356%
19512699%
19522929%
19532818%
195440410%
195548810%
195649911%
19574369%
195858413%
195967913%
196061610%
196173111%
19626528%
196376311%
19648748%
19659697%
19667865%
19679058%
19689445%
19698002%
19708393%
19718902%
19721,0205%
19738511%
1974616-3%
1975852-1%
19761,0052%
1977831-1%
1978805-2%
19798390.5%
19809641%
1981875-0.2%
19821,0470.3%
19831,2594%
19841,2127%
19851,5476%
19861,8967%
19871,9399%
19882,16910%
19892,75313%
19902,63411%
19913,16914%
19923,30112%
19933,75412%
19943,83412%
19955,11713%
19966,44813%
19977,90815%
19989,18116%
199911,49715%
200010,78715%
200110,02212%
20028,34210%
200310,45411%
200410,78311%
200510,7188%
200612,4637%
200713,2655%
20088,776-0.5%
200910,428-1%
201011,5781%
201112,2182%
201213,1045%
201316,5775%
201417,8235%
201517,4255%
201619,7635%
201724,7196%
201823,32710%

Warren Buffett
The Dow Jones Industrials advanced from 66 to 11,497 in the 20th Century, a staggering 17,320% increase that materialized despite four costly wars, a Great Depression and many recessions.

And don’t forget that shareholders received substantial dividends throughout the century as well.

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