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Battle of the indexes: Equal Weighted vs. Market Cap Weighted

The S&P 500 is one of the most quoted indexes in the world. It tracks the largest companies in the U.S. and has become one of the most popular indexes for not only stock market returns but also for comparing performance against (often referred to as a benchmark). It’s become so popular that people have made it a staple in a portfolios by buying an S&P 500 ETF or mutual fund. While plenty of people follow the index, few people actually understand how it’s constructed. The S&P 500 is a market capitalization weighted index. Here’s a quick definition: A type of market index whose individual components are weighted according to their market capitalization, so that larger components carry a larger percentage weighting.  So what does this really mean? It means that as companies grow larger and larger (think Apple or Exxon) they comprise more and more of the S&P 500
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