Via Bloomberg, here are the final closing data for December 31st 2009:
Nasdaq Comp 44%
Last year’s big market rally failed to rescue investors from the single worst return of any decade in history for equities.
This 2009 move off of the bear market lows wasn’t enough to restore money lost in both bears (dot com bubble and credit collapse) of the 2000s.
Annual returns for the S&P 500 the past decade? An average annual loss of 0.9% a year since 1999 including dividends. S&P noted this was the first negative return for a decade since data began in 1927.
Here are the final numbers for 2009:
U.S. Stocks Drop as Crisis Causes S&P 500’s First Decade Loss
Bloomberg, Jan. 1 2010