2014 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return

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Unlike typical financial sites which have already reported that the Dow Jones Industrial Average returned a 'meh' 7.55% from the open on January 1st until the close on the 31st of December, we here at Don't Quit Your Day Job recognize that real investors don't burn their dividend checks when they receive them.  With reinvested dividends, the 2014 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return was an even more solid 10.02%.

We also have a Dow Jones Industrial Average Reinvestment calculator which has a monthly resolution.

The 2014 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return

2014 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return: Index vs. reinvested dividends

2014 Dow Jones Industrial Average Return: Index vs. reinvested dividends

01/01/2014 Open12/31/2014 CloseAnnual Return
Dow Jones Industrial Average Total Return32404.0435650.3910.02%
Dow Jones Industrial Index16572.1717823.077.55%

This is - of course - the correct way to calculate the return a typical investor will have realized.  Those investors, of course, can't invest directly in the index though - allow some variance for fees, tax implications, and purchase timings (this is a theoretical maximum).  For whatever reason, financial media will report index returns straight up - as if an index like the Dow Jones, with massive industrial bell-weathers and high dividend payments... should or would match the price return of something like a dividend-stingy NASDAQ.

Well, you know better, and we're glad to do the math for you.  Also, see our individual stock reinvestment calculator on the site.

See DJIA returns in other years:

Now, tell us the future - how will the Dow Jones Industrial Average perform in 2015?



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.

PK lives in New Hampshire with his wife, kids, and dog.

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