This is a metric for tracking a collection of securities. For example, among US stocks, a commonly referenced index is the S&P 500. An index may be price-weighted, market-capitalization weighted or some other way to determine how much of the index each security contributes.

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Does VSMAX invest in smaller companies than FSEVX?

Does VSMAX invest in smaller companies than FSEVX? VSMAX seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of small-capitalization stocks. The fund employs an ...
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Why is the future quote lower than the underlying?

I guess this is a simple one for experts: Looking now (12noon CET Nov 7, 2014) at the DAX ^GDAXI on yahoo finance, it says S = 9.361. The Future FDAXM5.EX quotes F = 9.388. What is the exact ...
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Sell covered call on an index option

When I trade an index option (SPX), there is no actual trading going on in the underlying (as opposed to SPY). But some option strategies (like covered call) by definition require a position in the ...
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When does an indexing company have to announce its re-balance/reconstitution dates?

Every year indexes like the Russell cause huge volume days when they change the composition of their highly followed indexes. Is there regulation that dictates the timing of when they announce what ...
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What's Deal with “Pure Style” ETFs/Funds?

I was initially going to find one large-cap growth ETF but then changed my mind to split evenly between a large-cap growth and a large-cap value fund. As I studied returns of various ETFs, my eyes lit ...
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How to setup a financial dashboard like Nassim N Taleb?

Quoted from his book, fooled by randomness: I have a trick to know if something real in the world is taking place. I have set up my Bloomberg monitor to display the price and percentage change of ...
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Funds that invest primarily based on governance criteria?

Are there any mutual funds or ETFs that invest primarily based on governance criteria? I've seen, and sometimes invested in, funds that invest based on ESG, a combination of environmental, social and ...
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If an index goes up because an underlying company issues more shares, what happens to the ETF

If a stock that makes up a big part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average decided to issue a huge number of additional shares, that will make the index go up. At least this is what should happen, since ...
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Google Finance: Input Parameters For Simple Moving Averages

I'm having some trouble understanding the simple moving average lines that can be added to a quote graph from Google finance. This related Stack Exchange question indicates that the only input ...
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Is the FTSE 100 mini futures contract still traded?

The FTSE 100 index futures is currently traded on LIFFE. Also, this press release claims that Mini FTSE 100 index futures would also be traded on LIFFE. Other than this press release, I cannot find ...
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Why does the stock market index get affected when a terrorist attack takes place?

The way I see it, the stock exchange is a market where shares of a company are traded. These trades are triggered by individual valuations by participants of what an investment in a company would be ...
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Who determines, and how, the composition of the S&P 500 index?

I thought S&P 500 would contain the top 500 U.S. companies by market cap, but apparently that is not the case? e.g., Facebook (FB) was only recently added and has market cap of $100B whereas ...
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Historic (CAGR) of DJIA, S&P500, NASDAQ

Looking for concrete data for a presentation I'll be giving about personal finance. I'm looking for the average market return of the three big indexes from 1950-onwards at least. I've been able to ...
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Does it make sense to buy an index ETF (e.g. S&P 500) when the index is at an all-time high?

I have some money I intend to invest over the next 3-4 years. An important chunk of my portfolio would be invested in a stock market index ETF such as one representing the S&P 500. Unfortunately, ...
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How come the Russell 2000 has only 1974 stocks in the newly updated list?

Why is the Russell 2000 comprised of only 1974 stocks? I counted the total number of stocks as 1974 from their June 2013 list at ...
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How do freight derivatives like Forward Freight Agreements (FFAs) work?

Re: http://www.balticexchange.com/default.asp?action=article&ID=35 Freight derivatives provide a means of hedging exposure to freight market risk through the trading of specified time ...
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How and Where can I easily pull data for the Dow 30?

Where/How can I pull the following data on the DJIA stocks into Excel from the Web that updates every time I hit refresh in Excel? The data: 1. Last 12 months of dividend payments 2. Prices 3. DJIA ...
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How to calculate dividend yield for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) index?

This should be fairly straightforward. How do I calculate the dividend yield myself for the Dow 30 / Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)? I'm thinking I just add the last dividend for all the ...
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What does it mean when someone says “FTSE closed at xxx today”

When someone says "The FTSE closed at 402 today," what does this actually mean? Is it the company who had the best stock price increase or a sum of all the companies or something else?
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Where can I find quarterly earnings-per-share data for the major U.S. market indices?

Where (on what website) can I find last few years' worth of quarterly earnings-per-share for the Russell 3000? and the Dow?
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What happened to the Google Price Index?

I've seen it before, but I can't find it anymore. I think I remember Google mentioning that it would only be available in graphical form, but not data form, and also that it would only show one year, ...
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What's the justification for the DJIA being share-price weighted?

It seems almost entirely irrelevant. So a company could have a reverse 2 for 1 split, and double its weighting in the average? How can one of the most popular barometers of the stock market be ...
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How frequently is the list of constituents that make up the S&P/ASX 300 updated?

How frequently is the list of constituents that make up the S&P/ASX 300 updated? Is it once a month on the 1st Monday of the month, or daily, etc?
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Does it make sense to talk about an ETF or index in terms of technical indicators?

For example, a story today talked about SPY approaching support levels. Given that the price of the ETF is essentially determined by the price of its constituents, does this even make sense? Do ...
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What do these numbers mean for the S&P?

What does the numbers for the S&P mean in the image below? For example, on 18th October, it says S&P -5.60. What does the -5.60 mean? I looked at the S&P Open, High, Low and Close prices ...
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Why are big companies like Apple or Google not included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) index?

I'm taking an investing and personal finance class in school. I was assigned to ask someone who knows about the stock market why big companies like Apple and Google aren't included the Dow Jones ...
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How does the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) divisor change to account for dividends?

The DJIA is a price-weighted index tracking of 30 companies chosen by the Dow Jones Company. It takes the current share price of these 30 stocks and divides by a specific number called the divisor. ...
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Web site for overlaying graph of exchange rate (e.g. USD/EUR) on S&P 500 index chart?

I would like to overlay the US Dollar exchange-rate vs the Euro with the S&P 500. What is the simplest way to do that? Is there a website that does that type of thing?
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Where to find historical quotes for the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index?

Where can I find a year (or more) of historical quotes for the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index? Preferably, with an interval of an hour. However, a daily interval is also acceptable. I ...
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API for retrieving index P/E ratio?

Or CAPE ratio? I would love to be able to pull the current P/E ratio for the S&P 500 into a spreadsheet, for example. Neither the Google or Yahoo APIs have a P/E ratio associated with indices. ...
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Good instruments to use for options on S&P500 and DJIA indexes?

What are some good (largest popular) instruments/ETFs to use when buying options on the S&P500 and DJIA? By good I mean have very good liquidity, even when buying/selling further from the money, ...
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What is the UK equivalent of the VIX volatility index?

The VIX is a measurement of volatility in US markets. What about UK markets?
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Is there a widely recognized bond index?

S&P 500 is a widely recognized stock index, that many people benchmark performance against, and you can find 'passive management' funds that compete to replicate it at as low a fee as possible. ...
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Analysis of Valuation-Informed Indexing?

My question. I've been reading about Valuation-Informed Indexing (VII). What is your reaction? Would you recommend this strategy? What are its potential strengths/weaknesses? Background. For those ...
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Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), NASDAQ 100, and S&P 500 index historical membership listing?

Can anyone point me to a listing of historical Dow, NASDAQ 100, and maybe even S&P 500 members?
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Can the shorting of S&P futures negatively affect the underlying index and constituent stocks?

I hear people on financial shows talk all the time about index futures like SPY and QQQQ affecting the actual index. Can shorting these futures (in huge quantities obviously) cause the underlying ...
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Where can I find historical ratios of international stock indexes?

What is the best source for historical ratios (such as p/e, p/s, price/book, dividend yield) of various international stock indexes (e.g. FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Asia or MSCI Singapore)?
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What is the easiest way to back-test index funds and ETFs?

Some authors are irritating such as Stein, more here, they keep throwing people all kind of new "investing" strategies and different ideas after their last ideas stopped working. I feel such authors ...
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Are there index tracking funds that avoid the “buy high - sell low” problem?

An index tracking fund is a fund that buys direct stocks with a view to directly matching a particular index (e.g. the S&P500 or Russell 2000). One way to allocate assets in such a fund is to ...
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Discussing stock and stock index movement: clarifying percentage vs. points?

I'm trying to understand more about financial terminology used in news reports, but I'm having a hard time understanding what is meant when someone says the following: "NASDAQ was down X points today ...
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Understanding differences between S&P500 index-tracking ETFs

I'm trying to understand the difference between S&P 500 trackers. Example: SPY IVV VOO They all have different prices (IVV being $1 more, on average than SPY, and VOO being about 50% ...
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Is an open-sourced World Stock Index a pipe-dream?

I have noticed that many things in finance are closed or proprietary like MSCI Barra World (an index that tracks stocks globally). I sense that there may be a huge amount of work to do with such index ...
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What is the “point” (purpose) of the S&P 500?

I've long wondered about the philosophy behind the selection of stocks in the S&P 500. I've assumed that it was intended as a market indicator, with the selection being those that best paralleled ...
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What are the top “market conditions” to follow?

In the investment world, people are constantly advising me to consider "market conditions". I'm investing mainly in mutual funds with a diverse asset allocation (bonds and stocks spread across market ...
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What is the meaning of volume for an index?

http://yhoo.it/9K44hN lists the historical price of Dow Jones Industrial index in a table. The 6th column of this table is the volume information. What does the volume listed in this column exactly ...
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Where can you find historical PEs of US indices?

Indices tracking ETFs * DIAMONDS Trust I (ticker: DIA) tracks DJIA * SPDRs (ticker: SPY) tracks S&P 500 * NASDAQ 100 Trust (ticker: QQQQ) tracks NASDAQ 100 * iShares Russell 2000 (ticker: IWM) ...
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Which US market indexes (Dow/DJIA, S&P500, NASDAQ) include reinvested dividends?

Which major US market indexes (Dow/DJIA, S&P 500, NASDAQ) include returns from reinvested dividends, and which don't? Where can "total return" information be found for each index that doesn't ...