The S&P 500, or simply the S&P, is a stock market index that measures the stock performance of 500 large companies listed on stock exchanges in the United States. It is one of the most commonly followed equity indices, and many consider it to be one of the best representations of the U.S. stock market. The average annual total return of the index, including dividends, since inception in 1926 has been 9.8%; however, there were several years where the index declined over 30%. The index has posted annual increases 70% of the time.

For a list of the components of the index, see List of S&P 500 companies. The components that have increased their dividends in 25 consecutive years are known as the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats.

The S&P 500 is a capitalization-weighted index and the performance of the 10 largest companies in the index account for 21.8% of the performance of the index.

Funds that track the index have been recommended as investments by Warren Buffett, Burton Malkiel and John C. Bogle for investors with long time horizons.

Although the index includes only companies listed in the United States, companies not originating from the United States might be included in the future. It already includes many multi-national companies; companies in the index derive on average only 71% of their revenue in the United States.

The index is one of the factors in computation of the Conference Board Leading Economic Index, used to forecast the direction of the economy.

The index is associated with many ticker symbols, including: ^GSPC, INX, and $SPX, depending on market or website. The index value is updated every 15 seconds, or 1,559 times per trading day, with price updates disseminated by Reuters.

The S&P 500 is maintained by S&P Dow Jones Indices, a joint venture majority-owned by S&P Global and its components are selected by a committee.

22 10, 2022

October 22nd, 2022: Gold – In search of a bottom

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Gold – In search of a bottom In our last in-depth gold analysis we saw gold on the brink of the abyss and feared that the support around 1,680 USD would not hold. Indeed, two weeks later gold broke through this support [...]

4 10, 2022

October 4th, 2022, Bitcoin – In the midst of an epic liquidity crisis

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Bitcoin - In The Midst Of An Epic Liquidity Crisis While the stock markets are falling in gaps like in 2001, the volatility index VIX is still rather acting like it would be in a bull market. Yet, commodities have [...]

19 09, 2022

September 19th, 2022, Silver – Questionable relative strength

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Silver - Questionable relative strength The financial markets are firmly in the stranglehold of the bears. Obviously, precious metal prices can not escape this. While in midsummer a respectable sector-wide recovery succeeded, gold and silver prices came under severe pressure [...]

1 09, 2022

September 1st, 2022: Gold – Close to the edge

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Gold – Close to the edge In our last in-depth gold analysis we had been optimistically forecasting a recovery and summer rally for the gold price. And indeed, from its low at 1,680 USD gold rallied to 1,808 USD within less [...]

15 08, 2022

August 15th, 2022, Bitcoin – Recovery reaches first price target

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Bitcoin - Recovery reaches first price target Over the last few weeks, bitcoin was able to stage a recovery. Just two days ago, bitcoin prices reclaimed the 25,000 USD level for the first time since June 13th. Bitcoin - Recovery reaches [...]

8 08, 2022

August 8th 2022, Gold – Summer rally starts with promising momentum

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Gold - Summer rally starts with promising momentum Over the last four weeks, gold has kept pretty much to our forecast from July 8th. Initially, prices fell back to 1,681 USD, only to recover quickly and impulsively to 1,794 USD since July [...]

28 07, 2022

July 28th, 2022: Gold – Summer rally has started

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Gold – Summer rally has started It's been three and half tough months for gold and silver investors. Stockmarket and crypto investors have been suffering since November 2021 already, though. Now, after a bloodbath of almost 400 USD in the gold [...]

14 07, 2022

July 14th, 2022, Bitcoin – Relief rally in the summer?

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Bitcoin - Relief rally in the summer? A worldwide asset price meltdown is shaking up the minds of all investors & traders these days. Nothing seems safe anymore and the crypto sector was hit the hardest. Bitcoin - Relief rally in the [...]

27 06, 2022

June 27th 2022, Silver – Summer doldrums with final sell-off, then summer rally

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Silver - Summer doldrums with final sell-off, then summer rally Silver managed to gain 10% from its last low on May 13th at 20.46 USD as initially expected. Despite this recent recovery high at 22.52 USD, the situation remains tense [...]

27 06, 2022

June 27th, 2022: Gold – Summer doldrums for several weeks would be ideal

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Gold – Summer doldrums for several weeks would be ideal Gold had a strong start into the year but has corrected significantly since early March. Many gold bugs feel disappointed by gold basically going nowhere over the last two years. But [...]

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