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Wally
2005-Jan-05, 12:41 PM
One would think it would be easy to find out how much it increased for the year, but I googled my butt off and all I could find is recent performance garbage. . . :x

anyone out there happen to know how it did for 2004?

TriangleMan
2005-Jan-05, 12:59 PM
Have you tried Standard & Poors website (http://www2.standardandpoors.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=sp/Page/IndicesMainPg&r=1&l=EN&b=4)? I know they have information on the S&P500 but I'm not sure if they have the specific info you're looking for. You might need to register with them as well.

Bawheid
2005-Jan-05, 01:06 PM
Go to T-Man's link, click on S&P500 on the left hand bar, reset the date on the chart to 31 Dec 2003. That will give you the opening value for 2004.

Wally
2005-Jan-05, 01:18 PM
Hmm. Couldn't seem to find the left hand link on their site. Must be too early in the morning. . . #-o

However, I did finally find a CNN/Money site that allowed me to track 1 year back. Looks like it opened the first of 2004 at around 1060 or so, and is currently at 1220, so I'm guessing it increased around 15% or so for the year. My 401k pretty much tracks the performance of the S&P, so no complaints this year! =D>

Captain Kidd
2005-Jan-05, 03:09 PM
Hmm. Couldn't seem to find the left hand link on their site. Must be too early in the morning. . . #-o

However, I did finally find a CNN/Money site that allowed me to track 1 year back. Looks like it opened the first of 2004 at around 1060 or so, and is currently at 1220, so I'm guessing it increased around 15% or so for the year. My 401k pretty much tracks the performance of the S&P, so no complaints this year! =D>

Linky (http://www2.standardandpoors.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=sp/Page/IndicesIndexPg&l=EN&b=4&f=1&s=6&ig=48&i=56&r=1&so= 0&fd=&xcd=500&dt=31-DEC-2003) with Bawheid's instructions incorporated. If I'm reading this thing right. The S&P 500 grew 26.38% between Dec 31, 2003 and yesterday.

Bawheid
2005-Jan-05, 03:21 PM
Thanks Captain. On a re-reading, I think the "YTD" is the Year to Date growth, given at 8.99% which matches my back of an envelope figure. I think the 26.38% growth is for the year to 31 Dec 2003.

T-man, AliCali, help?

TriangleMan
2005-Jan-05, 05:19 PM
I'm actually not very knowledgable of investments but I believe those yield pecentages are projections based on performance over a period of time, not a reflection of what it earned over the year. If you look at the S&P500 at March 31, 2004 suddenly the yield drops to 1%.

For Wally's purposes I'd stick with looking at its value at Dec 31, 2003 and comparing it to 2004 for a measure of its actual growth in value over the year.