The long-term stock market return is about 7%
There have been over 36 stock market corrections since 1950. Still, such losses are erased by successive bull market rallies within weeks or months. The prime variables to watch are inflation and time. It takes time to profit from the stock market. Historically, the average stock market return on the S&P 500 is about 7% — assuming you don’t panic and sell at the bottom.