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S&P 500 performance during major crashes as of August 2020

As of August 2020, the S&P 500 index had lost 34 percent of its value due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Great Crash, which began with Black Tuesday, remains the most significant loss in value in its history. That market crash lasted for 300 months and wiped 86 percent off the index value.

Change in performance of S&P 500 during COVID-19 pandemic vs previous major crashes as of August 2020

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August 2020


United States

Survey time period

as of August 4, 2020

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*as of market close August 4, 2020

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