We include dividend reinvestment in our calculations

Although most financial media sources will list * 11.74%* as the S&P 500 index’s return in 2014, an investor reinvesting dividends in the S&P 500 would have theoretically done even better:

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**14.04%**Subtract from that (of course) applicable taxes, fees, slippage/timing concerns – but… needless to say, buying, holding, and reinvesting was a very lucrative strategy this year.

## The 2014 S&P 500 Return

After the large 32.39% dividend reinvested return in 2013, a further 14.04% is more than most could have asked for on such a widely invested index – happy new year for that! Compound that with 2012’s 16.00% dividend reinvested return and you’re looking at a huge 74.60% reinvestment return just from sitting on your hands and reinvesting your funds – a hefty geometric average of 20.46% a year!

01/01/2014 Open | 12/31/2014 Close | Annual Return | |

S&P 500 Total Return | 3305.28 | 3769.44 | 14.04% |

S&P 500 Index | 1842.61 | 2058.9 | 11.74% |

## Buying and Holding

We, of course, have a few calculators which can help you determine the real returns of theoretical holdings – our S&P 500 Total Return Calculator works on a monthly basis, while our retrospective calculator allows you to compare all rolling S&P 500 reinvested returns. We also have a calculator for individual stock reinvestment calculations.

The retrospective calculator ranks the last three years very highly – (Top) 38.12%, 12.00%, 41.96% of years, respectively – all in the top half (and more than half of rolling years are positive returns). Add to that all of the other gains since March of 2009… well, now that’ a bull market!

Will we maintain this momentum? Well, no one can say for certain – but since this is the internet, feel free to leave your no-cost-to-you predictions in the comments!

See other annual S&P 500 Returns:

- 2019 S&P 500 Return
- 2018 S&P 500 Return
- 2017 S&P 500 Return
- 2016 S&P 500 Return
- 2015 S&P 500 Return
- 2013 S&P 500 Return
- 2012 S&P 500 Return

Questions for thought:

*Where will the S&P 500 go from here?**Are you a dividend reinvester?*