S&P 500 Dividend Index

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The S&P 500 Dividend Index is an index calculated by Standard & Poor's. It is designed to track the total dividends from the constituents of the S&P 500, in order to allow the investment community to hedge or take a view on dividends for U.S. stocks, independent of price movement. The level of the index is based on a running total of dividends of the constituents of the S&P 500.[1] The index represents the accumulated ex-dividend amounts of all S&P 500 Index component securities over a specified accrual period.

Two contracts on dividend indexes were listed by CBOE: the S&P 500 Quarterly Dividend Index options (March 5, 2010), and the S&P 500 Annual Dividend Index Options (May 25, 2010).


"How S&P 500® Dividend Index Options Could Pay Dividends for Stock Portfolios [1] -- social media release, David Blitzer, Standard and Poor's, and William Speth, CBOE, March 8, 2010)


  1. S&P 500 Dividend Index. Standard & Poor's.