2012 S&P 500 Return

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When people quote the returns of the S&P 500, they like to use the 'price return', as if price returns are the only way that stocks in the S&P 500 can make you money.  As you can tell by my sarcastic writing - you're neglecting a pretty big portion of returns - namely, in the form of dividends.  In this article we present the 2012 S&P 500 Return calculated correctly.

The 2012 S&P 500 Return

2012 S&P 500 Return: Price vs. Reinvested Dividends

2012 S&P 500 Return: Price vs. Reinvested Dividends

You're looking at the S&P 500 graphed next to SPXT (on marketwatch), the S&P 500 total Return Index.  That's right - dividends included.  So, all of you who quote the S&P 500 in the future, please use the right index. That ticker goes back to 2009.  If you need it on a larger time frame, you can check out the dividend reinvestment calculator for the S&P 500 (like, say, 1876 until today?) right here on this very site.  You're welcome!
 Jan 3 OpenDec 31 CloseReturn
S&P TR2158.932504.4416.00%
S&P 5001258.861426.1913.29%
How do you like 'dem apples? Other years:


PK started DQYDJ in 2009 to research and discuss finance and investing and help answer financial questions. He's expanded DQYDJ to build visualizations, calculators, and interactive tools.

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