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Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,267 -17 0.39%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,829 -23 1.23%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,046 -1 0.07%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/33772884/delayed 1,234 -13 1.07%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2260836/delayed 27.99 +1.78 6.79%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 5,651 +114 2.05%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 8,924 +172 1.96%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 3,962 +65 1.66%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 16,250 +477 3.03%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 7,865 +119 1.54%
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/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 311 +7 2.29%
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/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 2,388 -48 1.98%
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/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 14,953 -761 4.84%
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/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 18,320 -226 1.22%
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/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,763 -18 0.63%
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/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 22,986 +34 0.15%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 2,540 +2 0.07%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/16008136/realtime/sampled 1.13 -0.01 0.65%
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/quotes/zigman/16008150/realtime/sampled 112.86 +0.43 0.39%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/16008140/realtime/sampled 1.45 +0.00 0.03%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/16008115/realtime/sampled 0.71 0.00 0.20%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 96.06 +0.46 0.48%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/41508961/realtime 89.04 +0.28 0.31%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 1.69 +0.03 1.75%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.22 +0.03 16.28%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 1.65 -0.06 3.77%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 1.77 0.00 0.23%
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/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 1.37 +0.07 4.99%
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C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 34.98 -2.43 -6.50%
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Business 13.12% 13.12% 12.85%
Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.35% 14.35% 14.12%
Airline 15.17% 15.17% 15.10%
Cash Back 15.20% 15.26% 15.27%
Reward 15.25% 15.28% 15.14%
Instant Approval 18.02% 18.21% 18.00%
Bad Credit 22.56% 22.88% 22.73%
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Stocks Hit All-Time High (Sort Of)

The S&P 500 index of large U.S. companies finished Monday at 1419 and change, up a whopping 13% for the year. With another 10% climb it will retake its all-time high of just over 1565, reached on October 9, 2007.

By one measure, however, investors are already back to even. The S&P 500 index tracks only stock price movements, but the S&P 500 Total Return index, which includes dividend payments, hit its all-time high Monday.

An investor who put $10,000 in the total return index at its 2007 collected $942 in dividend payments, offsetting $934 in share price losses, according to Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P.

That doesn’t include taxes and fees, but the maximum dividend tax rate has been capped at 15% during that time, and the cheapest mutual funds that track the S&P 500 index cost less than $10 a year per $10,000 invested.

The results illustrate how dividends can significantly affect returns. Since the start of 2000, the S&P 500 lost 3%, but with dividends reinvested it’s up 21%. Since 1990, share price gains alone have turned a $10,000 investment in the S&P 500 into $40,154, while the same investment with dividends reinvested is now worth $64,550.

That’s not to say investors should load up on high-yield shares at the expense of growth potential. The stock market’s highest yields are often attached to slow-growing or struggling companies whose share prices have been held down by investor pessimism. Such companies can be a risk for dividend cuts, or worse.

But dividend-paying stocks have historically provided better returns than those that don’t pay dividends. From 1972 through last year, dividend payers in the S&P 500 returned 8.6% a year, on average, versus 1.4% for non-dividend payers, according to research from Allianz Global Investors.

Investors can buy into a mix of companies with a record of dividend growth through exchange-traded funds like Vanguard Dividend Appreciation (VIG) and iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index (DVY).

There’s good news even for investors who own a broad S&P 500 fund. Last year a record number of index members initiated dividend payments. This year, payments for the index are expected to grow by 15%.

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    • It’s probably because the historic lows were 3 years ago, not last summer.

    • How does the S and P rebound so quickly from plummeting to historic lows last summer? Inflation?

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Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,267 -17 0.39%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,829 -23 1.23%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,046 -1 0.06%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/33772884/delayed 1,234 -13 1.07%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2260836/delayed 27.98 +1.77 6.75%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 5,651 +114 2.05%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 8,927 +174 1.98%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 3,961 +64 1.65%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 16,252 +479 3.03%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 7,866 +120 1.55%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 311 +7 2.30%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 2,388 -48 1.98%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 14,953 -761 4.84%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 18,320 -226 1.22%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,763 -18 0.63%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 22,986 +34 0.15%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 2,540 +2 0.07%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/16008136/realtime/sampled 1.12 -0.01 0.67%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/16008150/realtime/sampled 112.87 +0.44 0.39%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/16008140/realtime/sampled 1.45 +0.00 0.05%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/16008115/realtime/sampled 0.71 0.00 0.21%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 96.07 +0.47 0.49%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/41508961/realtime 89.05 +0.29 0.33%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 1.69 +0.03 1.85%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.22 +0.03 15.91%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 1.65 -0.07 3.81%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 1.77 0.00 0.23%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 1.37 +0.06 4.91%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.08 +0.06 442.45%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2260836/delayed 28 +2 6.75%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/33772884/delayed 1,234 -13 1.07%
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/quotes/zigman/25518691/delayed 360 0 0.07%
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AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 93.70 -0.57 -0.60%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/59527964/composite 683.11 -1.01 -0.15%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 11.16 -0.82 -6.84%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 34.98 -2.43 -6.50%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 11.17 -0.17 -1.50%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 36.21 -0.22 -0.60%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 27.64 -0.40 -1.43%
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Business 13.12% 13.12% 12.85%
Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.35% 14.35% 14.12%
Airline 15.17% 15.17% 15.10%
Cash Back 15.20% 15.26% 15.27%
Reward 15.25% 15.28% 15.14%
Instant Approval 18.02% 18.21% 18.00%
Bad Credit 22.56% 22.88% 22.73%
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