| SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust is a unit investment trust. Co. provides investors with the opportunity to purchase a security representing a proportionate undivided interest in a portfolio of securities consisting of all of the component common stocks, in the same weighting, which comprise the Standard & Poor's 500® Index. The YTD Return for S&P 500 is shown above.
The YTD Return on the YTD Return for S&P 500 page and across the coverage universe of our site,
is a measure of the total return for a given investment year-to-date for the current calendar year
(up to the end of prior trading session). Arguably, choosing the current calendar year for a measurement
period is on the one hand completely arbitrary, but on the other hand a year-to-date look can be extremely
useful in the context of our country's tax system which taxes gains and income on a calendar year basis.
Thus, researching Year-To-Date Returns is good practice for investors — whether YTD Return for S&P 500 or other benchmarks/peers
— and when doing so it is also important to factor in dividends, because a financial instrument's YTD return is
more than just the change in price if that instrument pays a dividend or coupon. Our website aims to empower investors
by performing the SPY YTD return calculation (with any dividends reinvested as applicable), and to provide a
coverage universe of many stocks and ETFs to be able to compare YTD returns.