What the Stock Market Was Worth the Year You Were Born

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Source: Thomas J. O'Halloran, U.S. News & World Report / Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons

1979
> Start: 2,691.5
> End: 2,782.0
> High: 2,977.4
> Change: 3.4%

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1980
> Start: 2,409.4
> End: 2,816.8
> High: 2,922.5
> Change: 16.9%

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1981
> Start: 2,575.2
> End: 2,316.4
> High: 2,710.9
> Change: -10.1%

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1982
> Start: 2,201.4
> End: 2,610.6
> High: 2,670.5
> Change: 18.6%

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1983
> Start: 2,482.2
> End: 3,041.9
> High: 3,110.9
> Change: 22.6%

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1984
> Start: 2,902.4
> End: 2,807.0
> High: 2,980.9
> Change: -3.3%

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1985
> Start: 2,682.0
> End: 3,460.1
> High: 3,474.5
> Change: 29.0%

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1986
> Start: 3,377.3
> End: 4,164.1
> High: 4,295.1
> Change: 23.3%

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1987
> Start: 4,083.9
> End: 4,108.4
> High: 5,768.8
> Change: 0.6%

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1988
> Start: 4,100.6
> End: 4,412.6
> High: 4,443.0
> Change: 7.6%