2020 NASDAQ Return

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The NASDAQ returned 42.58% in 2020. Using a better calculation, which includes dividend reinvestment, the NASDAQ returned 42.99%.

The 2020 NASDAQ Return: Even in Tech You Should Reinvest

The above numbers assume you bought the NASDAQ index at the open on January 2nd, 2020 and sold at close on December 31, 2020. This is the same as "Year to Date" or YTD return if you check the last day of the year.

Prefer trying a "full year" of history? If you bought the closing price on December 31, 2019 and sold the closing price on December 31, 2020 the returns were 43.64% and 44.92%, respectively.

2020 NASDAQ Index Price Return

Price FromPriceDec 31 CloseGain/Loss
Jan 2 Open9039.4612888.2842.58%
Dec 31 Close8972.6012888.2843.64%

NASDAQ Reinvested Dividend Return in 2020

Price FromPriceDec 31Gain/Loss
Jan 210680.9215272.9742.99%
Dec 3110,539.0415272.9744.92%

Really, timing doesn't matter that much – but even in the historically tech-heavy NASDAQ, dividends matter. Even if you didn't reinvest your dividends, they're a real factor in returns.

Not that you had a rough time even if you lost your dividend checks though. The pandemic seemed to pull forward many company's digital plans. My company ran a survey: the typical firm moved their digital transformation plans up 6 years due to COVID-19.

Transformations or not, and even when this virus is in the past: Dividends matter.

Source on the 2020 NASDAQ Return Calculations

The NASDAQ Index is owned by NASDAQ Indexes. They provide both the index level and total return data. Find NASDAQ total return data here or on investing.com.

See NASDAQ returns in other years:

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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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