Today, I’m going explain the difference between the Dow Jones Industrial Average (“The Dow”) and the S&P 500 Index. While both indexes are meant to be an accurate representation of the performance of the US stock market, it’s important to understand the difference between the two.
Why is it important? This year, 2020, is a perfect example why. As I write this article on August 21, 2020, the Dow Jones industrial average is DOWN -2.80% for the year. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index is UP 4.79% for the year. If both indexes are supposed to be accurate representations of the performance of the stock market, why is one down 2% and the other up 4%?