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What is the annual return of the S&P 500 over the last four years?

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The average return rate for the S&P 500 from 2010 to 2014 was 15.81 percent, or 13.92 percent when factoring in account inflation. The S&P 500 is an index of the top 500 large capital firms publicly traded.

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The index is made up of many sectors, with information technology making up the most with 19.5 percent of the S&P 500. Of the returns for the years between 2010 and 2014, 2011 had the lowest with 2.07 percent; 2013 had the highest with 32.43 percent. When inflation is taken into account, the returns are lower for each year. The average inflation rate during these years is 1.93 percent. As of 2015, the S&P 500 captures around 80 percent of all market capitalization available, and total assets are equal to $1.9 trillion.

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