| MasterCard is a technology company, in the payments industry that connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments, digital partners, businesses and other organizations worldwide, enabling them to use electronic forms of payment instead of cash and checks. Co. creates a range of payment solutions and services using its brands, including Mastercard®, Maestro® and Cirrus®. Co. facilitates the switching (authorization, clearing and settlement) of payment transactions and delivers related products and services. Co. also provides offerings such as safety and security products, information services and consulting, loyalty and reward programs and issuer and acquirer processing. The Mastercard YTD return is shown above.
The YTD Return on the Mastercard YTD return 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 Mastercard YTD return 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 MA 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.