MarketWatch  Nov 23  Comment 
U.S. stock benchmarks eke out gains in opening half-hour
MarketWatch  Nov 17  Comment 
U.S. stock benchmarks inching upward in early going Tuesday
Financial Times  Nov 13  Comment 
Inclusion of more US-listed China groups will increase representation of consumer and tech groups
Mondo Visione  Nov 12  Comment 
Oslo Børs has revised the composition of the Benchmark Index (OSEBX). The number of companies included in the index will be 58.  The Benchmark Index is intended to be an investable index that comprises a representative selection of all the...
Mondo Visione  Nov 11  Comment 
Deadline: 22 November 2015 Please refer to ESMA vacancy page for the details on this position (REF.: ESMA/2015/VAC24/AD5) and how to apply.
Benzinga  Nov 9  Comment 
Benchmark has downgraded Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU) after the company reduced its Q4 guidance. Benchmark believes that the stock offers a compelling valuation but sees an unclear growth outlook. However, Glu's valuation makes it a...
MarketWatch  Oct 30  Comment 
U.S. stock benchmarks on track for best month in 4 years despite late declines
TechCrunch  Oct 29  Comment 
 OpenGov launched Comparisons yesterday morning, a feature that allows local and municipal governments in its network to compare their performances against other jurisdictions and established benchmarks. In addition to giving governments...



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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