Questions tagged [market-indexes]

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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Simple investing strategy for the EU

I have read in some books that a good investment strategy must be simple. Let's assume that this is true. In the case of USA, a simple strategy would be to invest in the S&P 500 or the Wilshire ...
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How is the change in the DJIA (Dow Jones Industrial Average) calculated?

For example, today (April 1st, 2020) the DJIA: Open 21,227.38 Low 20,784.43 High 21,487.24 Close 20,943.51 Change reported as: −973.65 (-4.44%)
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Why does the Nikkei 225 appear to be such a bad long-term investment?

For most well-developed countries, indexes of their stock markets tend to grow in the very long term. For example, look up a long-term graph of the FTSE100 or the S&P500. For Japan's Nikkei 225, ...
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Why are some ETFs a tenth of the index's value? [duplicate]

At the time of posting this question, the S&P 500 index stands at $2,304.92. As per Investopedia, the largest ETF that tracks the S&P 500 is State Street Global Advisors' SPDR S&P 500 ETF ...
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Why doesn't Russell 3000 contain exactly 3000 securities? [duplicate]

FTSE says Russell 3000 measures the performance of the largest 3,000 US companies representing approximately 98% of the investable US equity market. However, according to here, as of May 2019, ...
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How safe it is in the long run to regularly invest in the stock market?

I keep seeing the advice of "do not time the market and invest regularly you will eventually be winning over time". This advice is often illustrated by a graph of different index funds and show that ...
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Why did the VIX trade for so much around Q4 2011?

It looks like the TVIX in 2011 was trading at some unimaginable prices. $2B USD? Marketwatch has these same numbers. Were these numbers real? How? This seems like an amazing bit of trivia from ...
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What is the mechanism behind stocks correlation?

Stocks are VERY correlated. This is obvious when looking at an index: most stocks chart match peaks and valleys. What I would like to know is the mechanism behind those correlations? Is it "buy ...
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What exactly does an ETF do when a company is added or removed from an index?

Suppose an index is changed in so far as Company A is removed and Company B is added. Are these changes reflected immediately in an ETF reflecting said index? I suppose that when an AP creates ETF "...
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Calculating volume-weighted-average spread (VWAS) for an index at a given size

I need to produce the effective spread at size 5K of an index. I am able to get all the securities' individual effective spread, but a simple averaging of all the effective spread of those securities ...
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Trying to understand diversification in market indexes

I have read an article in morningstar telling that Euro Stoxx 50 provides a good degree of diversification. This surprises me, my understanding is that the S&P 500 is well diversified, how can an ...
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Currency risk with a good index, or bad index with no currency risk

I understand that usually is not a good idea to allocate the majority of your assets in international investments due to currency risk. Still, when I look at the Euro Stoxx 50 it seems that it's far ...
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ETP/ETF to get exposure to Commodities (EU Based) [closed]

I am looking to invest in an ETP to get exposure on Commodities market. In order to do this I am looking for an Index with following requirements: Broad diversification across commodities (...
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Bloomberg Ticker from Index ISIN and Index Key

Is there a way to find the Bloomberg Ticker for an Index given the Index ISIN and Index Key?
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How to continuously plot futures data

Since futures trade on a contract by contract basis, how can you plot the price over an extended period of time? As a reference I have included a plot of VX futures (VIX CBOE volatility index) from ...
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What are the worlds oldest market indexes?

I recently noticed that the S&P500 index has recorded daily price entries for over 90 years: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/%5EGSPC?p=%5EGSPC the first recorded day being the 1st December ...
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S&P index correction

Someone told me that the S&P index will get a "correction" downward. What does it mean exactly? What are the chances it will actually happen, and if it does, can we somehow know when it will ...
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S&P divisor and new stock issued

I am trying to calculate net dollar amount of stock issued / buyback, with change in divisor. I am assuming that the divisor only changes with change in stocks as it is market capital weighted index. ...
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Why does my portfolio trend in the opposite direction from the Nifty Index?

I have a set of stocks in my portfolio (some are part of Nifty Index, mix of large/mid/small cap), but I observed that most of the times when the Index surges, my portfolio drops on that particular ...
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LIBOR Reform creates Winners and Losers

One phrase I heard of the reform to move away from LIBOR is that it would create winners and losers. Can someone explain how this might happen?
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Fractional-Cent Dividends & Official Sources

How do fractional cent dividends work? In ETFs such as SPY, which represents a group of stocks, the dividends come from pooling the underlying dividends and comes to a long decimal (such as $1.383619 ...
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How can you know which index is tracked by a specific index fund?

Looking at this Vanguard UK index fund (short-term investment grade bonds). It says: The Fund seeks to provide returns consistent with the performance of the index,[...] How can I know which ...
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Why is there more attention on the S&P 500 than on the S&P 500, inflation adjusted, with dividends?

Dividends, like increased stock price, are just another equivalent way for shareholders to gain value (with some tax differences). Many investors reinvest the dividends and so never "see" them. Of ...
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How does a capped gain / capped loss product compare to a pure index investment?

I'm looking at investment products offered by several banks in my area. Many of them follow the basic idea of capped risk/gain: the earnings and the losses are proportional to a certain index, but ...
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How has the country exposure of the FTSE All-World High Dividend Yield Index and the FTSE All-World Index changed with time?

I’m interested in how the country exposure of the FTSE All-World High Dividend Yield Index and the FTSE All-World Index have changed over time (if it has much at all). The index factsheets page here ...
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Understanding the past growth of an ETF

I'm trying to understand the grow of an ETF (Vanguard VOO) over the past year. I have checked both the Vanguard web page and Google, for the same ETF, and they show massive different growths. In ...
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Indexes from USA and EU for small investors

Is there any special consideration one must have when comparing indexes from different countries/ zones (e.g. S&P 500 vs SX5E) apart from their respective growths over a period of time? Is there ...
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How to compare different stock indexes?

I'm trying to understand how to measure the growth of a particular stock index over a certain period of time, e.g. 5 years. As far as I understand, for calculating the total growth, you need to do ((...
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Is the profitability of investing in indexed funds properly reflected by the change of value in the index?

I'm reading this article, which makes the following claim: In 1974 the Dow closed at 616*. At the end of 2014 it was 17,823*. Over that 40 year period (January 1975 – January 2015) the S&P 500 (...
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What are the companies in the FTSE4Good UK 50?

I've been looking for a definitive and up-to-date (and reasonably regularly updated) source listing the companies included in the FTSE4Good UK 50 index (preferably by their LSE ticker code). This has ...
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How much are index providers accountable to their clients?

Criticism on index providers: The increasing influence of indices means that some critics argue that benchmark providers such as MSCI are too powerful, given that promotions or relegations can ...
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S&P 500 Index Value

What does the 2886.98 value mean as it relates to the S&P 500 index?
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Are there any mostly-passive funds that become active after stock market crashes?

I am thinking of the following scenario: Expansion, index with low fees After a market crash, lever up and buys equities Does there exist a fund which follows this strategy? Preferably an ETF?
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Why Indices last update time extends market hours?

For example currently during market close DJIA index has last update time of '5:04 PM EDT'. As we know DJIA is made up of 30 major stocks that trade on NYSE & NASDAQ. I wonder all these stocks ...
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Building an index tracking portfolio

I want to track an index for my savings, but I wasn't able to find in my country (Argentina, if it matters) an Index Fund that's cheap, has a low tracking error and that I can expect won't be ...
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Cash Component in Index

In one of the office discussions today, it came up that index, for example, can have cash also. This information was new to me and I couldn't understand why an Index will have cash? Could someone ...
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What were quarterly values of the MSCI “WMA Private Investor Income Index” (TR) for the last 5-6 years?

In the UK, the WMA indices are quite popular with "wealth management" types for benchmarking performance of clients' multi-asset portfolios. I'm interested in finding the historic values of the WMA ...
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How exactly does a broad-market ETF work?

So it's obvious that a broad-market ETF attempts to imitate the performance of the whole stock market, but what I still don't understand is how it works and exactly what you are investing in when you ...
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What is the meaning of ^ symbol for SPX

I've seen symbols SPX and ^SPX, is there any significance for the symbol "^"?
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How is the Dow divisor calculated?

When calculating the DJIA, there are two components, one divided by the other. How is the divisor calculated? I'm asking for speciifcs, which are strangely elusive on Wikipedia or other sites. They ...
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How are ETF prices calculated after the market is closed

For example: Because the NASDAQ: DAX is tracking the index INDEXDB: DAX should its trading value be completely flat when the market the markets are open in the US, but closed in Germany? I'm not ...
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How and Where can I easily pull data for the Dow 30? [closed]

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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Volume of S&P500

According to the page on Yahoo Finance, the volume of S&P 500 is 1,813,371,531. What is the meaning of this "volume"?
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Where can one download monthly index fund prices from the deep past (40+ years) until today? [closed]

In the Four Pillars of Investing (2002), p. 119, William Bernstein suggests that a portfolio divided 50/50 into the SP500 and EAFE indexes (respectively US domestic and foreign stocks) and rebalanced ...
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Where can I find Bitcoin Misery Index?

There has been a lot written about Bitcoin Misery Index: The index is called the Bitcoin Misery Index (BMI) and was designed as a trading tool for investors to take advantage of volatility in BTC ...
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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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What are some strategies for profitable buying of naked options (call / put)?

I prefer naked options of the index and stocks for obvious reasons. I would like to know some strategies to remain profitable with it. Note: I choose first out the money (strike price) option ...
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Can I profit on Brexit having a modest amount of Pound Sterling?

Knowing the Brexit is coming, is there any way I can profit on that? I'm willing to speculate a small amount of money just for fun, but if there was a less risky way of profiting on Brexit, I'm ...
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What happens when a stock drops out of the bottom of an index?

Many indexes around the world are the top X stocks on an exchange. What happens when the bottom stock is overtaken by a stock that isn't in the index? Presumably, all of the funds that track that ...
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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 ...