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Q: Stock market statistics ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Stock market statistics
Category: Business and Money > Economics
Asked by: walkerj25-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 25 Oct 2006 09:28 PDT
Expires: 24 Nov 2006 08:28 PST
Question ID: 776768
On average, what are best performing quarters of the year for the S&P 500?
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Subject: Re: Stock market statistics
From: jack_of_few_trades-ga on 26 Oct 2006 08:44 PDT
I couldn't find data that included dividends, but here is the data
(within a very small margin of error) for the average value change in
the S&P for each quarter since January 1950:
Jan-Mar: -.15%
Apr-Jun: 1.34%
Jul-Sep: 1.98%
Oct-Dec: 3.81%
Total:   6.98%

I know that Vanguard has an S&P Index fund that has performed 12.1%
since inception in 1970, and that is supposed to mirror the S&P
performance.  That fund would take dividends into account.  I couldn't
get a spreadsheet of data for that fund or I would analyze it for
you... it would take more effort than I wanted to spend to get data
for every quarter since 1970 from the Vanguard website.  Here is the
performance page for that fund if you care to do the research:

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