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Published: Jul 05, 2022 5 min read

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Fingers crossed that stocks perform better in the second half of 2022 than they did in the first half.

If you've taken a look at your stock portfolio anytime between early January and now, you know what we mean. Stocks have suffered a major decline amid sky-high inflation and the Federal Reserve raising interest rates to battle those high costs.

The S&P 500 — a benchmark index that is used as a common proxy to measure how stocks are doing overall — officially fell into a bear market in June, meaning that the index dropped at least 20% from its previous high. Experts are split on whether or not the U.S. will be able to avoid a recession while the Fed attempts to tamp down inflation, and all eyes will be on the central bank moving forward.

But in the meantime, here are four facts that show just how poorly stocks did in the first six months of the year, along with what could be coming next.

Worst investment returns since 1970