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.

8 02, 2024

February 8th, 2024, Bitcoin – Initial recovery following the bear market has likely come to an end.

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Bitcoin – Initial recovery following the bear market has likely come to an end. While the Bitcoin Spot-ETF approval had marked a short-term top, prices pulled back sharply as expected. However, four weeks since the approval and BlackRock’s spot Bitcoin [...]

13 01, 2024

January 13th, 2024, Gold – Pullback almost done.

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Gold - Pullback almost done. Gold concluded the trading year 2023 with a closing price of USD 2,063, marking an increase of approximately USD 240 or 13.1% over the course of last year. Particularly beneficial for this overall strong performance [...]

29 12, 2023

December 29th, 2023, Bitcoin – The air is getting thin.

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Bitcoin - The air is getting thin 2023 has proven to be an exceptional one for Bitcoin, both in terms of value appreciation and the number of individuals who became millionaires through investing in this cryptocurrency. With a price increase [...]

19 11, 2023

November 19th, 2023, Bitcoin – Taking a breath before the next surge

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Taking a breath before the next surge From its November 2022 low to its recent high, Bitcoin is up 145% within 12 months. But of course, it wasn't easy to ride this rally if you didn't have a good entry [...]

2 11, 2023

November 2nd, 2023, Gold – Fulminant rally on the way to reach the all-time high.

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Gold - Fulminant rally on the way to reach the all-time high Since the annual high at USD 2,067 on May 4th, gold prices had fallen for five months reaching a final low at USD 1,810 on October 6th (-12.4%). [...]

11 10, 2023

October 11th, 2023, Gold – Sharp Sell-off Provides New Opportunities

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Gold - Sharp Sell-off Provides New Opportunities It has been a pretty tough and challenging last five months for gold & precious metals investors. However, triggered by the sudden escalation in the Middle East gold has recovered strongly over the [...]

3 09, 2023

September 3rd, 2023, Bitcoin – Emotional rollercoaster at critical support

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Bitcoin - Emotional rollercoaster at critical support. Between early January and mid of July, Bitcoin had outperformed all other asset classes. Over the last six weeks, however, the largest and most dominant cryptocurrency is down more than 18%. Bitcoin - [...]

5 08, 2023

August 5th, 2023, Gold – Summer rally and power showdown in August

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Gold - Summer rally and power showdown in August After the expected turning point in late June, gold managed to stage a first recovery towards USD 1,987. Over the last two weeks however, prices came back down significantly. After a [...]

15 07, 2023

July 15th, 2023, Bitcoin – Breakout to the upside is most likely

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Bitcoin - Breakout to the upside is most likely Bitcoin's price action in the last four weeks has been characterized by consolidation and a lack of decisive movement. The market is eagerly anticipating a breakout, and the next significant price [...]

17 06, 2023

June 17th, 2023, Bitcoin – New fantasy despite summer lull and uncertainties

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Bitcoin - New fantasy despite summer lull and uncertainties With prices reaching nearly USD 31,000, Bitcoin's recovery rally hit its peak on April 14th. This resulted in a doubling of prices within a span of five months. Our initial two [...]

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