Standard & Poor’s S&P 500 Index is one of the traditional yardsticks used to measure performance in the stock market. But yet today, there are two very different S&P 500 Indices. The traditional S&P 500 Index is a “cap-weighted” index: the 50 largest companies in the index (measured by their market/float capitalization) are responsible for 50% of the return generated by the index. Meaning, the remaining 450 companies in the index make up only half of the total return.
There is another method, and another investment: the “equal-weighted S&P 500 Index.” This index is different in the sense that all 500 companies in the index represent 1/500th of the index. So the largest companies in the basket carry the same value as the smallest companies.
As we discuss in the podcast from September 27, 2012 (above), you will find WHY there are times you may want to consider looking at the other S&P 500 Index.
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