Index (economics)

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This article is about index in an economics and finance sense. For other uses, see Index.

In economics and finance, an index is a single number calculated from an array of prices or of quantities. Examples are a price index, a quantity index (such as real GDP), a market performance Index (such as a labour market index / job Index or a stock market index). Values of the index in successive periods (days, years, etc.) summarize level of the activity over time or across economic units (regions, countries, etc.).

Consumer price indexes can be used, among other things to adjust salaries, bonds interest rates, and tax thresholds for inflation.

Some investment funds (index funds) manage their portfolio so that their performance mirrors (tracking) the performance of a stock market index or a sector of the stock market.


Provider: Russell Investments [1]

  • Russell 1000 Index
  • Russell 2000 Index
  • Russell 3000 Index
  • Russell Midcap Index
  • Russell Microcap Index
  • Russell Global Index
  • Russell Developed Index
  • Russell Europe Index
  • Russell Asia Pacific Index
  • Russell Emerging Markets Index

Provider: Standard & Poor's [2]

  • S&P 500
  • S&P 400
  • S&P 600
  • S&P 1500
  • S&P/ASX All Australian 50
  • S&P/TSX 60
  • S&P Global 1200
  • S&P Custom Group of indices

Provider: Reuters

Provider: Dow Jones

Provider: Morgan Stanley Capital International

Provider: Markit [3]

  • ABX
  • CDX
  • CMBX

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