The Economic Times  Mar 20  Comment 
Indian equity market benchmarks opened lower amid weak global cues.
MarketWatch  Mar 19  Comment 
A sharp drop in technology stocks on Monday was threatening to push the Nasdaq Composite Index beneath a closely watched short-term trend line. The Nasdaq was off 2.4% in recent trade at 7,304, with a drop below its 50-day moving average at...
MarketWatch  Mar 13  Comment 
It isn’t ringing the same alarm bells it sounded a decade ago, but the continued rise in a closely watched short-term interest rate is on the Fed’s radar for a different reason.
Motley Fool  Mar 7  Comment 
It’s not just a matter of whether you're beating the market, but if you're exceeding your targets based on your risk tolerance.
MarketWatch  Mar 1  Comment 
London's benchmark FTSE runs losing streak to three days
The Economic Times  Mar 1  Comment 
Equity benchmarks were a little lower, in the wake of the fiscal deficit data which reached at 113.7 per cent of the full year's target.
MarketWatch  Feb 28  Comment 
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MarketWatch  Feb 27  Comment 
U.S. stock benchmarks turn negative as Fed's Powell testifies in House
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 25  Comment 
Only 40% of the funds have delivered higher returns so far this fiscal year
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A benchmark is a proxy for a market, economy, class of equity, or sector, generally setting a standard against which the performance of a stock, bond, mutual fund, commodity, or other security is measured.

Benchmarks are also used to gauge the health of a market, sector, or entire economy.


  • The S&P 500 (.SPX-E) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJIA) are often used as benchmarks for the United States economy in general. That is to say, their performance is used both to gauge the health of the economy and as a reference of comparison for the performance of a stock portfolio or mutual fund.


A real benchmark |ˈbɛntʃˌmɑrk| is an unmovable surveyor's mark cut concrete or stone, and used as a reference point in measuring altitudes. There is no such thing as a floating benchmark. [1]

From an investors view, cash is used as a benchmark to gauge the returns on there principal, and governments use cash as a benchmark to levy there taxes on.

Wall Street uses benchmarks that they make up themselves to justify their fees. [1] Generally, the earnings multiple for the market as a whole is a helpful benchmark. [2] Benchmarks are a smokescreen used by Wall Street to distract investors from gauging their investment returns against cash. Comparisons are fraught with peril, because a fund can look unjustifiably good or bad if it is compared with the wrong index. [3] Investors are concerned with absolute, not relative risk and return. Minimizing risk is about diversification. [4]

From "surveyor's point of reference," 1838, [2]


  1. Wall Street words: an A to Z guide to investment terms for today's investor By David Logan Scott ISBN-10: 0618176519 pg364,<ref> The fee increases or decreases proportionately with the investment performance for the fund compared to the index. <ref>Mutual Funds: An Introduction to the Core Concepts by Dr. Mark Mobius ISBN-10: 0470821434 Chapter 1</li> <li id="_note-1">[[#_ref-1|↑]] A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing By Burton Gordon Malkiel ISBN-10: 0393062457 pg122</li> <li id="_note-2">[[#_ref-2|↑]] Mark Hulbert, New York Times, January 8, 2006</li> <li id="_note-3">[[#_ref-3|↑]] Dean LeBaron's Treasury of Investment Wisdom: 30 Great Investing Minds by Dean LeBaron and Romesh Vaitilingam ISBN-10: 0471152943 pg118</li></ol></ref>

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