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What Is the S&P 500 & How Does It Work?
The S&P 500, short for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, is a stock market index that consists of 500 of the largest publicly traded companies operating in the U.S.
Is the S&P 500 a Good Investment?
The S&P 500 is typically regarded as the benchmark for US equities and has produced average annual returns of about 10%, or a bit more than 7%, adjusted for inflation.
How to Invest in the S&P 500
Investors can’t buy a piece of the S&P 500 itself. Rather, they can buy shares of index funds that track the S&P 500 index, which is made up of individual companies.
Does the S&P 500 Pay Dividends?
The S&P 500 Index tracks 500 of the largest companies that trade on major US stock exchanges. More than 80% of these companies pay dividends.
What Companies Are in the S&P 500?
Companies are invited to join the S&P 500 based on their market capitalizations and other criteria that indicate their financial stability.