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rdutt:
GTR1 has a one-click radio button for running a backtest on ^GSPC (the S&P 500)

Not anymore. 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. I automatically stop reading any financial writing that uses the price-return S&P 500 as a "benchmark", whether I suspect the authors are being intentionally deceptive or not, so my backtester ought to reflect this standard as well.

This happened to be the first thing I was reading that reminded me at a time when I am able to make the change, so as of now, the default benchmark symbol is ^S5T.

Some other benchmark symbols that may be of interest (there are hundreds of GTR1-calculated indexes available):

GTR1 Symbol  Universe                      Return Type  Weighting   Rebalance          Daily Return Multiplier  Starting Date  Proxy For
^S5T S&P 500/90 Total Market Cap Daily 1 19251231 SPY
^S5 S&P 500/90 Price Market Cap Daily 1 19251231 ^GSPC
^S5TE S&P 500/90 Total Equal Staggered Quartly 1 19251231 RSP
^S5TL2 S&P 500/90 Total Market Cap Daily 2 19251231 SSO
^S5TL3 S&P 500/90 Total Market Cap Daily 3 19251231 SPXL
^S5TS1 S&P 500/90 Total Market Cap Daily -1 19251231 SH
^S5TS3 S&P 500/90 Total Market Cap Daily -3 19251231 SPXS
^N1T NASDAQ 100 Total Market Cap Daily 1 19721214 QQQ
^N1 NASDAQ 100 Price Market Cap Daily 1 19721214 ^NDX
^N1TE NASDAQ 100 Total Equal Staggered Quartly 1 19721214 QQQE
^N1TL2 NASDAQ 100 Total Market Cap Daily 2 19721214 QLD
^N1TL3 NASDAQ 100 Total Market Cap Daily 3 19721214 TQQQ
^N1TS1 NASDAQ 100 Total Market Cap Daily -1 19721214 PSQ
^N1TS3 NASDAQ 100 Total Market Cap Daily -3 19721214 SQQQ
^RUTPT Russell-Eligible Middle Half Total Market Cap Daily 1 19251231 IWM
^RUTP Russell-Eligible Middle Half Price Market Cap Daily 1 19251231 ^RUT
^RUTPTE Russell-Eligible Middle Half Total Equal Staggered Quartly 1 19251231 EWRS
^RUTPTL2 Russell-Eligible Middle Half Total Market Cap Daily 2 19251231 UWM
^RUTPTL3 Russell-Eligible Middle Half Total Market Cap Daily 3 19251231 TNA
^RUTPTS1 Russell-Eligible Middle Half Total Market Cap Daily -1 19251231 RWM
^RUTPTS3 Russell-Eligible Middle Half Total Market Cap Daily -3 19251231 TZA
^ZY100T Zero-Yield 100 Total Market Cap Daily 1 19261230
^ZY100 Zero-Yield 100 Price Market Cap Daily 1 19261230
^ZY100TE Zero-Yield 100 Total Equal Staggered Quartly 1 19261230
^ZY100TL2 Zero-Yield 100 Total Market Cap Daily 2 19261230
^ZY100TL3 Zero-Yield 100 Total Market Cap Daily 3 19261230
^ZY100TS1 Zero-Yield 100 Total Market Cap Daily -1 19261230
^ZY100TS3 Zero-Yield 100 Total Market Cap Daily -3 19261230

I use the Zero-Yield 100 (which I defined in http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=32177298) as a proxy for NASDAQ 100-linked ETFs before 19721214.

If there is interest, I can detail more of these indexes.

Robbie Geary
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