2012 was definitely a better year than it felt, with the S&P gaining over +13.0% on a price basis and +15.9% on a total return basis.
It was a great year to be invested in the global equity markets despite investors pulling out over $139 billion from equity mutual funds. Investors continued to pour into fixed income funds, adding over $300 billion during the year. (Source: ICI) The Barclays Aggregate gained +4.2% in 2012.
Below is a great snapshot of S&P 500 performance in 2012 from Bespoke Investment Group: