How Much Dividends Contribute To Stock Returns Over The Long Run?

Dividends account for a substantial portion of total returns especially over the long run. Though the yield on the S&P 500 has stayed around 2% for many years now, total return is boosted in the long run with dividend reinvestment.

The following chart shows the growth of $100 with and without dividends from 1980 thru mid 2019:

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Source: 75% of S&P 500 Returns Come From Dividends: 1980-2019, GFM Asset Management

From the above article:

Today’s chart shows the growth of an initial $100 in the S&P 500 ignoring dividends vs with dividends reinvested. The S&P 500 index has risen to 17.9x its 1980 value, but with dividends reinvested, $100,000 would have grown 52.9x to $5,285,910.

Related ETFs:

  • iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend ETF (DVY)
  • SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY)
  • Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG)
  • Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (VYM)
  • SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

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