Did you know that $11.2 trillion of assets is benchmarked against the S&P 500’s Composite Index? It is a common sight to see the S&P 500 on television, in newspapers, and, most likely, to see our investments’ performance against it. It is worth learning more about the S&P 500, which represents approximately 80% of the U.S. equity market’s value. 1
The Standard & Poor’s Index Committee maintains the index as it exists today. Contrary to popular belief it does not include the 500 largest American companies. It is made up of large-cap stocks from a wide range of markets, including technology, energy, and consumer staples. To be included in the index, a company must meet a few criteria. To be considered for inclusion in the index, a company must meet a number of criteria.
Another misconception is that the index is static. Companies may be removed from the index for violating any of the criteria for adding them or for significant restructuring such as bankruptcy.
According to the most recent data, the index’s 2017 turnover was 5.2%. One study found that nearly half the companies comprising the S&P 500’s constituent companies had a turnover of 5.2% in 2017. This is according to the most recent data.
Many mutual funds and exchange-traded funds looking to replicate the index might have to sell the stocks they are losing and purchase the new stocks to follow the index’s progress. Remember that mutual funds and ETFs can fluctuate in value and are subject to market risk. 5 Shares may be worthless or more than they were originally cost when they are redeemed.
Prospectus sales are not permitted for mutual funds or exchange-traded funds. Before you invest, please consider all charges, risks, and expenses. Your financial professional can provide you with a prospectus that contains this information and more about the investment company. Before you send or invest, make sure to read it.
An index is not something investors can invest in. Index performance is not indicative or a guarantee of future performance. Investments that attempt to replicate an index might not be able to track it accurately, and their returns may be affected by fees and expenses.
US.Spindices.com, December 31, 2022. The S&P 500 Composite index (total returns) is an unmanaged index, which is generally considered to be representative of the U.S stock market. The past performance of an investment is not indicated by index performance. Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Remember that stock prices’ return and principal values will fluctuate depending on market conditions. Also, shares may be worthless or more than they were originally cost when they are sold.
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