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S&P 500 Index Trading

What is the S&P 500 Index?

As the name implies, the S&P 500 consists of 500 companies from a wide range of industries. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index is usually considered the benchmark for U.S. equity performance. The S&P 500 is not just a list of the largest 500 companies. It is an index of 500 of the most widely held U.S.-based common stocks, chosen by the S&P Index Committee for market size, liquidity, and sector representation. According to the Index Committee, "Leading companies in leading industries" is the guiding principal for S&P 500 inclusion. While widely traded international companies are included, the Index Committee recently announced that only U.S.-based companies will be added in the future. The S&P 500 Index represents 70% of all U.S. publicly traded companies. Part of the index's popularity is due to its close association with the largest mutual fund in the world, the Vanguard 500 Index Fund.

S&P 500 Index Trading Software

Ask any index trader or general investor what trading tools or types of financial analysis he is using and you're probably going to hear a list of different technologies and methods. However, having the right tool for the job is critical. S&P 500 index trading software can be used to augment an existing approach by supplying an inter-market perspective. The key to a S&P 500 index trading system is its ability to forecast moving averages. One of the better S&P 500 index trading software products is VantagePoint trading software that will help “see” what is likely to happen in the index market before other traders (using only single-market analysis) catch wind of it.

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