Which Presidents Have the Best Stock Market Returns?

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December 4th, 2019

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Stock Market Performance By PresidentWhich Presidents have the Best Stock Market Returns? The answers may surprise you. About 18 months ago I wrote a blog on this topic, and as 2019 comes to a close, this seems like a good time to check in, especially with the markets touching upon recent record levels. Let’s review the S&P results for the last three years:

2019 2,510 3,093 23.39%
2018 2,695 2,506 6.24%
2017 2,257 2,673 19.42%
36.57%

We see that the S&P posted a total return of almost 37% and an annual return of about 12.2%. That’s not too shabby, though you may be surprised to see that it’s only the 10th best result of presidential returns.

Rank President Annual Return
1 Bill Clinton 17%
2 Barack Obama 16%
3 Gerald Ford 16%
4 Harry Truman 16%
5 Dwight Eisenhower 16%
6 Ronald Reagan 15%
7 George H.W. Bush 15%
8 Jimmy Carter 12%
9 Franklin Roosevelt 12%
10 Donald Trump 12%
11 Lyndon Johnson 11%
12 John Kennedy 10%
13 Richard Nixon -1%
14 George W. Bush -4%
15 Herbert Hoover -31%

There is still a month to go in 2019, and a possibility that the returns could change. Though that change would have to be substantial to crack the top seven. And we certainly hope that Hoover’s record remains untouched!

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