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For a long time I've been meaning to change the default benchmark symbol from ^GSPC to ^S5T (the S&P 500/90 market capitalization-weighted total return index calculated by the backtester itself back to 19251231), which of course includes all ordinary cash dividends.

Thank you, Robbie! This means that gtr1's one-click backtest for the S&P 500 now does include dividends, and is now a true proxy for SPY.

To answer Craig's (aussi's) question, the previous ^GSPC backtest did not include dividends.

And to get back to the question from Tails, please click on the new link below to get the actual total return of the S&P 500 since 1970. It uses Robbie's new S5T symbol rather than ^GSPC.

http://gtr1.net/2013/?~SP5500_TR_Since_1970:s19700102::!S5T

Results: Since 1/1/1970, S&P 500 CAGR = 10.52% and SAWR = 5.67%

Including dividends makes a big difference.
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