What the Stock Market Was Worth the Year You Were Born

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Source: Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons

1939
> Start: 2,747.9
> End: 2,687.1
> High: 2,788.7
> Change: -2.2%

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1940
> Start: 2,681.4
> End: 2,321.9
> High: 2,705.6
> Change: -13.4%

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library (NLFDR) / Wikimedia Commons

1941
> Start: 2,202.1
> End: 1,871.4
> High: 2,253.1
> Change: -15.0%

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1942
> Start: 1,718.7
> End: 1,819.8
> High: 1,824.5
> Change: +5.9%

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1943
> Start: 1,722.2
> End: 1,951.4
> High: 2,094.0
> Change: +13.3%

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1944
> Start: 1,918.5
> End: 2,150.0
> High: 2,153.0
> Change: +12.1%

Source: National Archives and Records Administration / Wikimedia Commons

1945
> Start: 2,105.8
> End: 2,662.5
> High: 2,702.6
> Change: +26.4%

Source: Wikimedia Commons

1946
> Start: 2,436.7
> End: 2,252.9
> High: 2,701.7
> Change: -7.5%

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1947
> Start: 1,961.5
> End: 2,014.6
> High: 2,077.8
> Change: +2.7%

Source: Wikimedia Commons

1948
> Start: 1,867.8
> End: 1,829.2
> High: 1,992.8
> Change: -2.1%