Two S&P 500 Index Return Charts on the Importance of Dividends

Dividends play an important role in the total return of an equity investment. Dividend’s role is especially powerful over the long-term due to the power of compounding. The following two charts show how much dividends are critical using the example of the S&P 500 index. I have posted these charts before but these are the updated ones with 2022 data.

1.S&P 500 Total Return vs Price Return 1960 to 2022:

2.Dividends’ Contribution to SP 500 Total Return by Decade:

Source: The Power of Dividends: Past, Present, and Future, Hartford Funds

Related ETFs:

  • SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)
  • Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO)

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