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Year to Date Total Returns for S&P 500 and Other Benchmarks

By JLP | April 30, 2011

NOTE: I updated the graphic so that it now also tracks the MSCI EAFE Index and the MSCI ACWI Ex US Indexes.

Here are the April total returns for the S&P 500, S&P Midcap 400, S&P Smallcap 600, Barclay’s Aggregate Bond Index, Oil, and Gold (click on the graphic to download the PDF).

It’s hard to believe that crude oil is up over 22% so far this year.

Of the 86 years of monthly data I have for the S&P 500, April 2011’s 2.96% total return ranked as the 33rd best April. The historical average return for April is 1.68% while the goemetric average is 1.459%.

Topics: Investing, S&P 500 Index | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Year to Date Total Returns for S&P 500 and Other Benchmarks”

  1. Steve Braun Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    JLP. I like your monthly updates. Have you thought of adding an international index to the mix?

  2. JLP Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 12:30 pm


    Funny you should mention that as I was working on adding the MSCI EAFE and the MSCI ACWI last night.