How the S&P 500 Performed During Major Market Crashes

Like spectacular market peaks, market crashes have been a persistent feature of the S&P 500 throughout time.

Still, the forces underpinning each rise and fall are often less clear. Take the COVID-19 crash, for example. Despite lagging economic growth and historic unemployment levels, the S&P 500 bounced back 47% in just five months, in a stunning reversal.

Drawing data from Macrotrends, this infographic compares six historic market crashes—examining the length of their recoveries and the contextual factors influencing their durations.

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How the S&P 500 Performed During Major Market Crashes

Like spectacular market peaks, market crashes have been a persistent feature of the S&P 500 throughout time.

Still, the forces underpinning each rise and fall are often less clear. Take the COVID-19 crash, for example. Despite lagging economic growth and historic unemployment levels, the S&P 500 bounced back 47% in just five months, in a stunning reversal.

Drawing data from Macrotrends, this infographic compares six historic market crashes—examining the length of their recoveries and the contextual factors influencing their durations.


First published: August 5, 2020 (link)

Source files included: .ai, .eps, .pdf

Data source: Britannica, Investopedia, Bureau of Labor Statistics, University of Notre Dame, Washington Post

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