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Annual S&P 500 index performance 1986-2018

Annual development of the S&P 500 index from 1986 to 2018

by M. Szmigiera, last edited Sep 11, 2019
Annual S&P 500 index performance 1986-2018 The Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index is an index of 500 leading publicly traded companies in the United States. In 2018, the index value amounted to 2,506 points, down from the 2017 peak of 2,674 but still above the trough of 903 points during the Financial Crisis.
What is the S&P 500?

The S&P 500 was established in 1860 and expanded to its present form of 500 stocks in 1957. It tracks the price of stocks on the major stock exchanges in the United States, distilling their performance down to a single number that investors can use as a snapshot of the economy’s performance at a given moment. This snapshot can be explored further. For example, the index can be examined by industry sector, which gives a more detailed illustration of the economy.

Other measures

Being a stock market index, the S&P 500 only measures equities performance. In addition to other stock market indices, analysts will look to other indicators such as GDP growth, unemployment rates, and projected inflation. Similarly, since these indicators say something about the economic future, stock market investors will use these indicators to speculate on the stocks in the S&P 500.
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Annual development of the S&P 500 index from 1986 to 2018

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