How to Calculate Return on Indices in a Stock Market
Let's say that you want to calculate the return of the S&P 500 index during the month of October 2015.
First, using an accurate price chart, determine the starting and ending price. In this case, on October 1, the S&P 500 opened at 1,919.65 and on October 30, the index closed at 2,079.36.
Using the formula mentioned above, we can see that:
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