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2019 NASDAQ Return

September 6th, 2020 by 
PK

The 2019 NASDAQ return was 37.89% calculated from opening and closing prices. Using a superior calculation factoring in dividend reinvestment, the NASDAQ returned 39.39% in 2019.

The 2019 NASDAQ Return: Reinvest Your Dividends

The above numbers assume you bought the NASDAQ index at the open on January 2nd, 2019 and sold at the close on December 31, 2019. This is the equivalent to the "Year to Date" or YTD return if you check after the last close of the year.

Prefer trying to get a full year of history? If you change the buy date to the closing price on December 31, 2018 the returns were 35.23% and 36.69%, respectively.

2019 NASDAQ Index Price Return

Price FromPriceDec 31 CloseGain/Loss
Jan 2 Open6506.918972.6037.89%
Dec 31 Close6635.288972.6035.23%

NASDAQ Reinvested Dividend Return in 2019

Price FromPriceDec 31 CloseGain/Loss
Jan 2 Open7,560.7610,539.0439.39%
Dec 31 Close7,709.9110,539.0436.69%

As we mentioned in the 2019 return posts for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500, the timing you choose – last day of last year or beginning of this one – doesn't matter much. Just stay consistent.

However, even with a traditionally technology heavy index like the NASDAQ, dividends matter. Sure, technology doesn't pay as many dividends as other industries... but it does pay them. Over a longer timeframe, they still make up a massive chunk of returns,

In summary: Dividends matter. Even with the NASDAQ.

Source on the 2019 NASDAQ Return Calculations

The NASDAQ Index is owned by NASDAQ Indexes. They also provide both the index level and total return (read:dividend reinvested) data. You can find NASDAQ total return data here or on investing.com.

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