The Market Is Up and I Am Not...Why?

The Market Is Up & I Am Not ... Why?


Remember that the major indices don’t represent the entirety of Wall Street.


Provided by Plan Partners LLC


The S&P 500 is up about 10% YTD, why aren’t I? If your investments are lagging the broad benchmark, you may be asking that very question. The short answer is that the S&P is not the overall market (and vice versa). Each year, there are money managers, day traders and retirement savers whose portfolios wind up underperforming it.1


Keep in mind that the S&P serves as a kind of “Wall Street shorthand.” The media watches it constantly because it does provide a good gauge of how things are going during a trading day, week or year. It is cap-weighted (larger firms account for a greater proportion of its value, smaller firms a smaller proportion) and includes companies from many sectors. Its 500-odd components represent roughly 70% of the aggregate value of the American stock markets.2


Still, the S&P is not the whole stock market – just a portion of it. 


You can say the same thing about the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which includes only 30 companies and isn’t even cap-weighted like the S&P is. It stands for about 25% of U.S. stock market value, but it is devoted to the blue chips.2


How about the Nasdaq Composite or the Russell 2000? The same thing applies.


Yes, the Nasdaq is large (3,000+ members), and yes, it consists of insurance, industrial, transportation and financial firms as well as tech companies. It is still undeniably tech-heavy, however, and includes a whole bunch of speculative small-cap firms. So on many days, its performance may not correspond to that of the broad market.2,3


That also holds true for the Russell, which is a vast index but all about the small caps. (It is actually a portion of the Russell 3000, which also contains large-cap firms.)2


If you really want a broad view of the market, your search will lead you to the behemoth Wilshire 5000, which some investors call the “total market index.” You could argue that the Wilshire is the real barometer of the U.S. market, as it is several times the size of the S&P 500 (it includes about 3,700 firms at the moment, encompassing just about every publicly-traded company based in this country. In mid-December, the Wilshire was up about 9% for 2014.4,5


One benchmark doesn’t equal the entire market. There are all manner of indices out there, tracking everything from utility firms to Internet and biotech companies to emerging markets. As wonderful or dismal as their performance may be on a given day, week or year, they don’t give you the story of the overall market. Your YTD return may even vary greatly from the gains of the big benchmarks depending on how your invested assets are allocated.


During any year, you will see certain segments of the market perform remarkably well and others poorly. Because of that ongoing reality, you must stay diversified and adopt a long-term perspective as you invest.



This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note - investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.   



1 - [12/11/14]

2 - [12/11/14]

3 - [12/11/14]

4 - [12/11/14]

5 - [12/11/14]






The information and calculators provided via this Web site are general information, meant to introduce you to our areas of expertise.  Articles, calculators
and other sources of information are not intended to replace the professional advice of a trained financial professional.

Investment advice is offered by Plan Partners, LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser.  Plan Partners, LLC is an Ohio Registered Investment Adviser and accepts clients outside of Ohio based upon applicable state registration regulations and the “de minimus” exception.
We offer you a wide range of services that are designed to help you, such as: a 401k plan, fiduciary and plan administration, a model portfolio and executive compensation in Cleveland, Ohio.

Securities offered through IFS Securities, Member FINRA/MSRB/SIPC, 3414 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1020, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone: 404-382-5223. Plan Partners LLC and IFS Securities, Inc. are not affiliated companies. Plan Partners and IFS Securities do not provide tax advice. Any discussion of taxes herein is for informational purposes. You should consult with an attorney or accountant concerning tax and/or legal advice. Investing involves risks, including possible loss of principal. Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of any security carefully before investing.

This communication is strictly intended for individuals residing in the state(s) of: Ohio and Florida. No offers may be made or accepted from any resident outside the specific states referenced.

Website Design For Financial Services Professionals | Copyright 2017 All rights reserved