You know that stupid phrase, “you’re not comparing apples with apples”? Yeah, it’s still a dumb phrase. Yes, I’m bringing it up because it applies here.
You see, for whatever reason, when people quote the returns of the S&P 500, they like to use the ‘price return’, as if price returns are the only way that stocks in the S&P 500 can make you money. As you can tell by my sarcastic writing – you’re neglecting a pretty big portion of returns – namely, in the form of dividends.
Do You Like Apples?
You’re looking at the S&P 500 graphed next to SPXT (on marketwatch), the S&P 500 total Return Index. That’s right – dividends included. So, all of yu who quote the S&P 500 in the future, please use the right index.
That ticker goes back to 2009. If you need it on a larger time frame, you can check out the dividend reinvestment calculator for the S&P 500 (like, say, 1876 until today?) right here on this very site. You’re welcome!
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How do you like ‘dem apples?